Prized Freo recruit gets a contract extension … after three weeks

Andrew Brayshaw has been at Fremantle for less than three weeks, and is months away from playing his first senior AFL game, but the Dockers have already signed their top draft pick to a two-year contract extension on top of his initial two-year deal.

The 18-year-old, who was taken at pick No.2 in November’s AFL draft, has signed with the Dockers until the end of the 2021 season, with the club keen to lock in the talented player and his potential leadership.

“I heard that the club was interested in re-signing me and I’ve been treated really well here and everyone’s been really welcoming, so I just snatched it up as quickly as I could,” Brayshaw said in a Fremantle statement on Tuesday.

“I definitely feel there’s something special going on at the club and I’m really excited for the next few years and I definitely want to be a part of that.

“At a lot of other clubs, there’s only two or three draftees but having us 10 who most have moved from interstate, it’s been really great to work off each together and sort things out together.

“It’s been a great experience so far.”

Fremantle’s list manager Brad Lloyd, in expressing the Dockers’ delight at the contract extension, said that Brayshaw had immediately shown the qualities that had made him a prized draftee.

“He’s been really upbeat and he’s attacked everything the club’s thrown at him. He’s spent some time living with Nat Fyfe. He’s been on a training camp already, where he displayed a lot of his qualities and he’s settling in really well,” Lloyd said.

“He’s an exciting young player, we love his football and he’s also a quality person.

“We’re thrilled with the leadership he’s shown. We’ve had 22 young players enter the football club in the past two off-seasons, so to have a young player like Andrew show his commitment to the club with a two-year extension on top of an initial two-year term, it’s a really good sign and a show of faith by Andrew.”

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