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Selection a blessing for Brayshaw

In episode 10 of Inside Melbourne, Angus Brayshaw joins Clint and Caty to discuss his recent return to form (4:00), his infamous helmet (6:50) and the reason why Clayton Oliver got left behind in Brisbane (11:00). We also look ahead to Sunday’s game against Carlton at the MCG (13:00), reveal Angus’ addiction to chocolate (16:30), take your questions from the outer and uncover a new belief within the team (32:00).

MELBOURNE’S Angus Brayshaw says missing the first three games of the season has been a blessing in disguise.

Speaking on Inside Melbourne, Brayshaw said although he was disappointed to miss out at the time, the decision pushed him to work on several elements of his game that he may have otherwise ignored.

“It’s probably good now that I didn’t [play], because then maybe I wouldn’t have worked on a few things,” he said.

“I’ve forgotten about [missing out] now in a broad sense and have just knuckled down, focused on things that make me play really well, and am doing those things really consistently.

“I think it’s translating.”

Brayshaw has made a significant impact in recent weeks, collecting 32 disposals against St Kilda in round seven, followed by 24 possessions in Saturday’s win over the Gold Coast Suns.

But the 22-year-old said the thought of “watching from the stands and being essentially helpless” remains tough.

“For me, the confidence has always been there, in terms of that I can play a role for the team,” Brayshaw said.

“Certainly, in that sense, I felt like I should’ve been playing [in rounds one to three], because I felt like I could’ve helped.

“But it’s a long season, so I was always confident I would get a go; it was just a matter of when.”

Since returning to the side, the midfielder has noticed a real “sense of belief” among his teammates.

The Demons have won their last three matches – a total of five wins and three losses in 2018 – and now find themselves sitting sixth on the AFL ladder.

In what has been their best start to the season since 2006, Brayshaw said his side’s shift in mindset has been pivotal so far this year.

“We’ve got a great belief in what we’re doing and the coaches have been training us up for a couple of years now on the Melbourne way of playing football,” he said.

“In years gone by, if a couple of goals get kicked against us, we might get a bit insular.

“Now, I think we’re at a good spot where we know what we’ve got to do to win, and more often than not, we’re going out and doing it.

“It’s a good place to be.”