DOB: 9 January 1996
From: Hampton Rovers/Sandringham Dragons, selection #3 2014 National Draft
Number: 10 (2015-)
Games: 167* (to end 2023)
The son of former North Melbourne player Mark was drafted as a clearance winning player to boost the Demons' midfielder stocks. He made his debut in the first round of 2015, and went on to play all but one game for the season. Brayshaw finished fifth in the end of season Rising Star voting.
He had a delayed start to his second season, suffering a knee injury at the first bounce of Melbourne's opening practice match which kept him out of the rest of the pre-season games. He suffered a number of injuries early in the season, including repeated concussions, which restricted him to 10 matches. More concussion problems in 2017 further kept him out of the game for most of the season, playing the first two and last three games. Late in the season he started wearing a helmet while playing.
After beginning 2018 at Casey, Brayshaw broke back into the side in Round 4 and became a vital cog in the side's midfield. He eventually finished third in the Brownlow Medal. In 2019 he was played in a number of positions, playing every game for the season but failing to recapture the form of 2018. He was a regular in the midfield again in 2020 but struggled to have an impact. In 2021 he played predominantly on the wing, appearing in every game, including Melbourne's Grand Final victory.
Brayshaw took on a new role at the start of 2022, playing as a defender in the injury-enforced absence of Christian Salem. Late in the season he signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of 2028, then moved back into the midfield. Between the roles he played every game for the season. In 2023 he spent more time in the midfield, again playing every game, until missing the Semi Final while recovering from a concussion suffered in a collision with Brayden Maynard of Collingwood.
afl.com.au - 28/07/2022