THE Western Bulldogs have appointed former Essendon and Geelong midfielder Brent Prismall as their new player wellbeing co-ordinator.
He replaces Brett Goodes, who earlier this month was rookie-listed by the Western Bulldogs, in the role. Prismall had also been in contention for that spot on the list.
Prismall's new role will involve helping the club's younger players come to terms with working in an elite sporting environment.
James Fantasia, the Bulldogs' general manager of football, said that Prismall's AFL experience and strong leadership qualities made him ideal for the role. ''Brent is a very capable young man and will be instrumental in working with our playing list and, in particular, our younger playing group,'' he said. ''We believe we've brought another quality person into our organisation and look forward to seeing Brent flourish in his new role.''
Prismall also has an excellent relationship with Bulldogs coach, Brendan McCartney, the pair having worked together at Geelong.
He will juggle the role with his football career, having linked with the Bulldogs' VFL affiliate, Williamstown.
Prismall played 61 games in six seasons before he was cut by the Bombers.
He reportedly knocked back a one-year offer from Port Adelaide during the trade period.
Power football manager Peter Rohde confirmed that Prismall rejected the offer because the 26-year-old wanted the security of a two-year contract if he was going to move his family to South Australia.
It is understood that Port Adelaide was not prepared to offer that commitment partly because of doubts about Prismall's injury history, which includes two knee reconstructions.