PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Andrew Brayshaw of the Dockers leaves the field with a suspected broken jaw from contact with Andrew Gaff of the Eagles during the round 20 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on August 5, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Fremantle rookie Andrew Brayshaw says he will not be holding a grudge against West Coast Eagles star Andrew Gaff.

Gaff was suspended for eight games after punching Brayshaw, leaving him with a broken jaw and three displaced teeth in last weekend’s derby.

But Brayshaw has come out and has had his say on the incident as well as his thoughts towards Gaff.

“The action itself is horrific but the person that Andrew Gaff is, I forgive him and I’m not going to hold a grudge against him as a person,” Brayshaw told Seven News.

“His action itself is unexplainable. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone and I hope it gets stamped completely out of the game.

“I look forward to meeting him outside of football through Hamish (Brayshaw) over the next few days or weeks and understanding how, from his end, it all happened.

“Hamish told me that out of all the people he knows, and all the people in the AFL, Andrew Gaff would be the last person to do it.

“According to my brother, he’s a really nice guy and is one of the best blokes at the club who made a mistake in the heat of the game.”

The young Docker has also described the challenges he is facing whilst dealing with the injury.


“There’s pain and it’s going to be lasting for a while,” Brayshaw said.

“Sleeping isn’t easy. Eating is a massive challenge and then mentally there’s a fair bit going on as well.

“Chewing isn’t something I’ll be allowed to do for really the next four weeks. I’ve had smoothies, I’ve had soup and we’ve been pureeing every meal that the family’s been having.

“I’ve just been putting food through a blender and drinking and very surprisingly, it still tastes the same.

“If you close your eyes, if you’re having blended pasta it still tastes like pasta. It can be challenging but it’s just something that I’m going to have to deal with for the month and, hopefully, no longer than that.”