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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Big futures for ‘the terrier’ Andrew Brayshaw and ‘the silk’ Adam Cerra

The terrier and the silk. That’s how Fremantle veteran David Mundy recently described Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra — the Victorian midfielders the Dockers hope will be key players in a long-awaited premiership.
The 184cm, hard-running, big-tackling Brayshaw was taken with pick No.2 in last year’s national draft, while the 186cm Cerra, who shows a touch of class and is already considered one of Fremantle’s most reliable players with the ball in hand in front of goal, was snared at selection No.5. Brayshaw has been in the team since round one after impressing from his opening time trials, while Cerra came in in round two, despite an interrupted summer.
“Andy is a bit more of just the terrier, and effort will get the job done and just run away and tackle my guts out, where Cez is a bit more silk-smooth and executes really well,” Mundy said.
If there isn’t already enough pressure on Brayshaw and Cerra, they might not want to know that the last time Fremantle brought in more than one player inside the top five of the national draft was in 1999 when they welcomed their greatest player, Matthew Pavlich, and champion midfielder Paul Hasleby.
Hasleby, like Brayshaw, arrived as the second player taken in his draft, while Pavlich was the fourth selection. Leigh Brown also came to the Dockers that year at pick five but left after the 2002 season.
Hasleby won the Rising Star award after playing 21 games in 2000, while Pavlich played 18 games that year and would go on to be a six-time All Australian.
Hasleby said he and Pavlich became close, even going into business together at the Seaview Hotel.
Brayshaw and Cerra have impressed Hasleby so far.
“I think they’ve both got the capacity to be 200-game players for the footy club,” he said.
“They each show moments where you can see brilliance in what they do. It’s just around that consistency now for them as their bodies develop and they get more chemistry with the people around them to sustain that for four quarters. There are glimpses of really good players that I see in both of them.”