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Prismall's AFL dream still alive

Brent Prismall after injuring his knee in 2011 - ${keywords}
Brent Prismall after injuring his knee in 2011
BRENT Prismall knows the reason he is out of the AFL system is due to concerns over his fragile body, but the 26-year-old midfielder hasn't given up hope of resurrecting his career.  

Essendon delisted Prismall in November after failing to play a senior game in 2012 as he recovered from his second knee reconstruction.

He was offered a chance to train with the club and the Bombers were set to re-draft Prismall with their selection in the NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft.

However, Prismall instead chose to train with Port Adelaide, and then the Western Bulldogs, in search for an opportunity elsewhere.

When he was overlooked by the Dogs, who favoured Brett Goodes instead, Prismall was appointed the club's player wellbeing coordinator, the role vacated by Goodes.

Prismall will play for Williamstown in the VFL this season in conjunction with his new off-field position. Although aware his chances are slim, Prismall remains open-minded about the future.

"I'm not going to hang my hat on getting drafted next year," Prismall told SEN on Tuesday.

"[My career] obviously finished a little bit earlier than what I would have liked, but I certainly don't shut the door. By the same token, I'm really excited by this job … it's something I can do for a long time.

"I'm not ruling it (pursuing another chance) out, but at the same time I'll see what happens. If there was something that opened up, like most other blokes who've gone out of the system, I'd certainly look at it."

Prismall's new role consists of overseeing the off-field lives of the Dogs' list, and helping to organise employment and study.

His own experiences give him an insight into the importance of having plans away from the game.

"The average AFL career is about 4.5 years so it's not a long period of time in the game. My job is to best prepare them to move out of the game," Prismall said.

"We don't like having those conversations with players but the reality is players are going to go out of the system at 22 or 23 years old.

"A lot of their other mates who have gone through school have a degree and are starting work by [that age]. So going out of [football] they can be a little bit behind the eight ball. We prepare them for that."