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2019 Player Reviews: #10 Angus Brayshaw

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Despite playing every game, Brayshaw’s impact was seriously curtailed after a stellar 2018 saw him finish third in the Brownlow Medal. He struggled with consistency and some maintain he was carrying an injury, but he still produced some exciting patches of play to finish eighth in the Club Champion Award and will be keen to improve on that in 2020.
 
Date of Birth: 9 January, 1996
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 87 kg
 
Games MFC 2019: 22
Career Total: 80
 
Goals MFC 2019: 9
Career Total: 37
 
Votes 2019 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy: 210  votes (eighth)
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I still can't work out whether his 2019 form was due to injury or just an aberration or was 2018 the aberration?

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I'm convinced he was at least carrying an injury during the first part of the year when he was playing on the wing. His formed mirrored the year the team had. I hope he and the team can bounce back. I would hate to lose him to a rival club unless the price was right.

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Gus is one of those good players that can go on to be great, just needs to help get his team mates around him and dig deeper than he has ever dug before.

We need him to be elite for the MFC............Go Gus...............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What was 2019? Injury retarded or was it part of the whole team breaking down?

was Gus weighed down with too much structure from the Coaches?

He is a gun, just let him play with natural flare...

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1 hour ago, Sir Why You Little said:

What was 2019? Injury retarded or was it part of the whole team breaking down?

was Gus weighed down with too much structure from the Coaches?

He is a gun, just let him play with natural flare...

wouldn't we all like to know the answer to that question.

MFCSS tells us that those six weeks or so of 2018 was as good as it's going to get but forever hopeful because if he doesn't fire in 2020 it's hard to see us going far.

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I'm completely convinced that the number one reason for Brayshaw's (relative) struggles this year was Goodwin messing around with things that weren't broken.

Put Brayshaw back in the middle, let him hunt the football and let's see how he is going half way through next year.

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On 10/10/2019 at 11:07 AM, Deeminion said:

I'm convinced he was at least carrying an injury during the first part of the year when he was playing on the wing. His formed mirrored the year the team had. I hope he and the team can bounce back. I would hate to lose him to a rival club unless the price was right.

Unfortunately Brayshaw was not injured in the first part of the year & his lack of accountability & skill in the middle was the reason for his banishment to the wing......which was, to his admission, harder to play than the middle.

I would hate to lose him too but hope 2020 is good year for Brayshaw.

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On 10/10/2019 at 12:02 PM, Sir Why You Little said:

What was 2019? Injury retarded or was it part of the whole team breaking down?

was Gus weighed down with too much structure from the Coaches?

He is a gun, just let him play with natural flare...

I sat back during a couple of moments in many games last season. I watched various opposition teams move the ball quickly against us, creating a somewhat lethal and often, direct line to goal. Things were predictable against the Dees, particularly when OMac was on the field. Several times, Gus was nowhere near the ball - occupying other duties with his direct opponent or providing additional coverage for things that he (and all other Dees supporters) could see and hoped would not happen in that passage of play. Amazingly, Gus dropped his one-to-one role and went after the ball, the clearance, the turning of the tables. He backed up the errors and inconsistencies of his teammates, repelling, driving and clearing - single handedly. That is good enough for me. He is a real footballer.

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Can anybody tell me why it would be kept a secret that he was playing injured? Wouldn’t AB himself want this information out there? 

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6 minutes ago, Mel Bourne said:

Can anybody tell me why it would be kept a secret that he was playing injured? Wouldn’t AB himself want this information out there? 

Not really. If you’re playing with a back complaint and the opposition knows it, you might invite some extra attention to that area during the game. 

It obviously wasn’t severe enough to stop him from playing but clearly enough to hinder his performance. 

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13 minutes ago, McQueen said:

Not really. If you’re playing with a back complaint and the opposition knows it, you might invite some extra attention to that area during the game. 

It obviously wasn’t severe enough to stop him from playing but clearly enough to hinder his performance. 

Totally understand why you’d keep a lid on it during the season (for the reasons you mention), but not sure why it would need to remain confidential beyond that. 
 

I just would’ve thought both for his own reasons  (trade worth, deflection of unfair scrutiny) and the supporters’ (simple reassurance) it would be better than what is largely assumed - that he was just a bit crap. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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If its true that AB had back issues then it explains well why he'd lost his burst and zip from the contest. Back related issues would have effected his core strength and power through his legs.

Hopefully he is able to get a good enough break to hit the pre season injury free.

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13 minutes ago, Mel Bourne said:

Totally understand why you’d keep a lid on it during the season (for the reasons you mention), but not sure why it would need to remain confidential beyond that. 
 

I just would’ve thought both for his own reasons  (trade worth, deflection of unfair scrutiny) and the supporters’ (simple reassurance) it would be better than what is largely assumed - that he was just a bit crap. 🤷🏻‍♂️

I’m enjoying the vagueness of it all to be fair. 

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one of the most frustrating players to watch - his efforts are too poor too often

seems to jog from contest and contest and regularly does not 'go' when it's his turn

seems to be unable to use the ball well by hand or foot; i know his claim to fame in underage football was that he was dual-sided, but i didn't realise that he wasn't particularly good on either

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