Braving the Melbourne weather, Brayden Fiorini and the SUNS are hard at work looking to respond strongly this weekend against Carlton.
Since returning to the SUNS side in Round 14 against Port Adelaide, Fiorini has gone from strength to strength and proven himself as an inside midfielder capable of big disposal counts.
Fiorini was an enormous part in wins against reigning premiers Richmond and 2019 grand finalists GWS, playing a large role through middle of the ground.
Despite three losses on the trot, Fiorini has continued to impress culminating in a career best performance against Brisbane with 41 disposals and being a key component in a damaging first half of football.
Having spent the first half of the year in the VFL, Fiorini has looked right at home at AFL level since stepping back into the SUNS line up.
Talking on his sparkling recent form Fiorini accredits much of his success to being happy to be back playing AFL football.
“Obviously for me a big one is confidence and getting back into the team, 5-6 weeks ago, given the opportunity was really good,” Fiorini said.
“Then taking that opportunity and continuing to grow with that confidence and believing that I do belong at the level again.”
Looking forward to this week, Fiorini spoke on being in Melbourne and the process the team is going through to right the wrongs and put a good performance out there on Saturday.
“Obviously (it was) a disappointing performance last week, we reviewed it on Monday and we didn’t want to let it define us,” Fiorini said.
“We’ve had a good block of 4-6 weeks, obviously the weekend was a let-down but before that we were playing some really good football.
“We’ve got the talent, it was more the mindset, trying to get answers as to why we weren’t performing on the weekend and the second half against Brisbane was probably the start of that.
“It was more, us asking questions internally of what we went away from and it was more the mental side of it.
“We still feel like we have the system, the process and the gameplan in place, and when we play our brand of footy we can beat anyone or match it with the best teams as we’ve shown in the last month or two but obviously went away from that on the weekend.
“So this week, we reviewed it, hit it on the head on Monday and trained really well on Tuesday.
“We just have to get back into the right frame of mind and get our confidence back up and I think we’ve done that so far.”
Fiorini has been one of the shining lights in recent weeks, along with Touk Miller.
Fiorini spoke of weight of numbers, and how he was striving to follow the example set by the SUNS vice-captain.
“I suppose the game does start in the middle and I think you look at Touk Miller, he has been trying to do that and I have just tried to follow in his footsteps,” Fiorini said.
“He is inspiring us every week and I’m just trying to follow him, jumping on board and then trying to get others to follow as well.
“This week is obviously crucial, and I feel like us inside midfielders can definitely start that and start the game well and bring everyone along.”
The SUNS take on Carlton at 1.45pm at Marvel Stadium.