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Steady as she goes for Centrals

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WERRIBEE Centrals coach Rhyce Prismall has revealed he “won’t go too hard with recruiting” for the 2022 season.

The veteran defender will go it alone as the Centurions mentor after sharing the role with the now-departed Nick Smith for the last two years.

He is comfortable that Centrals, which finished the shortened 2021 home-and-away season with a 9-3 win-loss record despite numerous injuries and unavailabilities, has the group to contend next year.

“I think we can improve with what we’ve got,” he said.

“Training will change a little bit, and there may be some positional changes that we’re yet to work out.

“My theory with recruiting is that you want to have players that want to be there. I don’t want to be going out and poaching blokes and convincing people to come.

“I want people that want to be there so that we can get the most out of them.”

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Prismall says “one or two players” are looking at playing at a higher level next year.

“And we’re not going to stand in their way at all; we’ll support and help them do that,” he said.

“As far as retirements, we do have a few blokes on the older side.

“But blokes like Matty Miller, he looks after himself, he’ll go around again.

“Dave Sablich is a good mate of mine, and hopefully, I’ll convince him to go around again. Reece Miles is another one who’s older.

“These blokes at this time of year, they’re not that keen. But, I think once training comes around and practice matches star, they’ll be there.”

Prismall has made two additions to his coaching staff, with club great Heath Buck and former Werribee Districts star Matthew Taylor, who played with Prismall at GFL club Lara, coming on board.

“Matt’s a lifelong friend and a bit of a footy head,” Prismall said. “He played down at Werribee Districts and was a premiership player and a best-and-fairest winner.

“And with Bucky, I was looking for someone with a bit of maturity, and those who know Bucky know he’s a wise head.

“He’s a Centrals legend, so he’s got that automatic respect from the committee and all the players before he comes down.

“He’s s got a school teacher background, and I think he’s going to work really well with the mental side and player development.”

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