Brayshaw wins AFLPA MVP
Fremantle young gun Andrew Brayshaw has capped a stellar 2022 home and away season, named the Most Valuable Player by his peers at the AFL awards night on Wednesday.
The 22 year old, who is also a favourite for this year's Brownlow Medal became the youngest player to win the award since Nick Riewoldt in 2004, claiming the AFL Players Association MVP award in just his fifth season of AFL football.
He won the award from Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) and Shai Bolton (Richmond) in a vote solely held by the AFL playing group.
Brayshaw averaged a career-best 29 disposals this season and 6.tackles as arguably the AFL's best two-way midfielder, while he also lifted his contested possession (9) and clearance (4) numbers to new levels.
The Dockers midfield tyro also made the 2022 All-Australian team, named on the bench as he prepares for his first finals series as an AFL footballer.
Older brother Angus missed out, with Brayshaw the only player selected in the side from a West Australian club with key defenders Brennan Cox and Tom Barrass overlooked.
Geelong star forward Tom Hawkins was named at full forward and selected as captain of the side, while Demons captain Max Gawn was picked as All-Australian ruckman for a sixth time.
Richmond utility and West Australian Liam Baker was named the AFLPA Most Courageous player, while Collingwood father son star Nick Daicos was a resounding winner of the AFL RIsing Star Award.
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