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Prismall joins Centurions

Rhyce Prismall in action for the GFL in 2014. (krockfootball.com.au/Vicki King)

TWO years after being narrowly overlooked for the then-vacant Werribee Centrals coaching position, Rhyce Prismall will finally join the GDFL club as co-coach with Nick Smith.

It was Smith who won the race to replace Peter Mark at the end of 2017, with Prismall continuing his coaching education under Centurions premiership coach Chris Gilham at Western Region club Werribee Districts.

“I thought I was chance to get it, but obviously they went with Nick, and it was probably the better option in the end,” Prismall, whose wife plays netball with the club, said.

“I think I was a bit raw in terms of coaching and I might have been thrown in the deep end a bit. But I got another two years under my belt with Chris Gilham playing a mentor role.

“So the time’s right now to get an opportunity to go co-coach with Nick and see what the future holds.

“And it’s a good chance to come down to a club that’s in a good position to win a flag.”

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A Werribee Districts junior, he has spent the last four years at his home club after playing TAC Cup with the Western Jets, VFL at Werribee and GFL with Lara, where he was an interleague representative.

However, he’s kept a close eye on the green and gold’s fortunes over the years

“I’ve always taken notice of Centrals because I’ve gone to school with blokes or played footy with blokes who have played there at the time,” Prismall said.

“So you keep an eye on results and who’s playing well for them and that sort of stuff.

“And the last two years, since I applied for the job, I’ve kept an eye on it weekly.”

Smith says Prismall has always been someone of interest at Galvin Park.

“I’ve been touching base with him regularly, and we chat about how we’re going,” he said.

“This year, in the off-season, we had a meeting, and I think he was keen to extend himself coaching-wise.

“And I was looking for a quality player, so in the end, we were able to make both happen.

“It makes us instantly better, which is exciting.”

Prismall, who captained the WRFL interleague team in 2019, is happy to play anywhere needed on the ground, with Smith earmarking a potential role at half-back or on a wing with Aadyn Sleep-Dalton looking to follow his brother Michael into US College football.

“We’re really looking to add a little bit of skill and a good ball user,” Smith said.

“We’re pretty excited to get someone like him.”

Prismall hasn’t ruled out the possibility of brother Brent, who played 61 AFL games during stints at Geelong and Essendon coming out of retirement.

“He hasn’t played footy for about three or four years,” Rhyce said. “But, he has always said if I was to coach he’d come and help me out.

“Whether that means playing, I don’t know.

“I might have to swing him a text and see if he’s keen for one or two games because we’ve never played together.”

“Doubtful, but I wouldn’t mind it.”

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