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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Former Bomber Brent Prismall missed out on being picked up by another club, after the Western Bulldogs - with whom he had been training - opted for Brett Goodes. However, Prismall still finds himself a part of the club by being appointed their new Player Well-being Coordinator. Ironically, he takes over for Goodes who was selected as a rookie. Although Goodes said he would continue to help out when and where he could, it will be Prismall who will work primarily with the playing list and assist the younger players make the transition to an elite sports environment.

General Manager of Football, James Fantasia, said Prismall’s AFL experience and strong leadership qualities made him a good fit and described him as a "very capable young man" who will flourish. Prismall will still be pulling on the boots for games, this time for the Bulldogs' VFL affiliate Williamstown.

The Bulldogs will also be welcoming back a favorite son in Brad Johnson. The former captain, games record-holder and multiple All-Australian returns to join the coaching staff. He will work one day a week at the club alongside Cat champions Cam Mooney and Matthew Scarlett, who also joined the coaching staff this year.

Veteran Robert Murphy described having the trio around as "a real buzz" saying, "Leadership and culture are the buzz words ... but some individuals have just got that presence ... we are trying to find that among the playing group. So if you get guys like Mooney and Scarlett ... they can help you identify that and nurture it ... I love it when ex-players come back ... having someone who is held in as high regard as Brad is, everyone gets a kick out of that.''

Source: theage.com.au, Denis Bicer, Western Bulldogs Media Release

Article last changed on Friday, February 01, 2013 - 8:25 PM EST


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