September 19, 2019
Sports

Brayden Fiorini is on schedule to become a Suns gun

As the Gold Coast Suns waited to board their plane at Adelaide airport following their 38-point loss to Port Adelaide a call went out over the intercom for the Suns' team manager, Scott Pyle.

Before anyone else had a chance to react, Brayden Fiorini, who had earlier showed his class on Adelaide Oval picking up 38 disposals, was up out of his seat and yelling, "Hey Pyley, you're wanted".

His teammates found it hilarious as Pyle, who is responsible for tickets, flight schedules, anything logistical, is the person teammates compare Fiorini to most often.

Brayden Fiorini.

Brayden Fiorini.Credit:AAP

It's because the 20-year-old who club insiders say would be close to leading their best and fairest after 12 rounds loves being organised in everything he does and his teammates rib him about it.

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"They call me 'Pyley' every now and again," Fiorini said.

"If they have a question about the schedule or the planner they will come to me first.

"I should know everything but if I don't know, they are into me."

Of course, being organised is a healthy attribute for an on-baller trying to make his way in the AFL in a non-traditional state, far removed from his Collingwood-mad family back in Research in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

It helped Fiorini put on seven or eight kilograms when he arrived at the club via pick No.20 in the 2015 national draft as a skinny midfielder who could win the ball inside and outside the contest.

"It wasn't so much a diet as a licence to eat anything and put on a lot of weight," Fiorini said.

"I would get in the weights room four or five times a week and have a lot of protein shakes.

"I don't have that privilege any more. I have to watch my weight a little bit now that I have I reached the weight I want."

Dedication to his rehabilitation helped him overcome a ruptured lateral collateral ligament in his right knee during his first season, which saw him miss half of 2016 before showing enough form late in the season to make his debut in round 22.

Fiorini's desire to get better extended to him picking the brains of Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne and Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury over coffee last season, their tips helping him fine tune his preparation.

"I have a strict criteria during the week that I have to tick off," Fiorini said.

This might include an extra swim, a commitment to ticking off recovery protocols, a visit to the beach as well as time switching off from football to help him recover mentally.

That final point is an important characteristic of Fiorini, who studies business on the Gold Coast, as he was thrown in the deep end of independent living soon after being drafted.

Fiorini is the youngest of five boys with older brothers Dillon, Robbie, Josh and Frank watching his progress with interest along with parents Vicki and Sam.

"The first year was definitely tough. I am close to my family and was 18 years of age and had mum doing everything for me at home so it was a bit of a wake-up call," Fiorini said.

"It took me a year to settle in but my partner Molly moved in after I'd been here about a year and I would say ever since she moved up I felt more comfortable and more at home."

The pair now live at Broadbeach and Fiorini has not missed a game in 2019, the 20-year-old expected to play a key role for the Suns on Saturday if they can break their run of losses against St Kilda in Townsville.

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