New boy Prisk bids to make his mark

Prisk- point to prove
Prisk- point to prove
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Go west young man is the time-honoured slogan....

But in the case of new Fylde RFC signing Todd Prisk it is a case of going north - from the west country.

It is a 700-mile round trip from Cornwall to the Fylde Coast, but that is the huge step and commitment made by Todd Prisk this season.

The 20-year-old has left Redruth to come to the Woodlands in an attempt to further his career after impressing coach Paul Arnold while playing for England Counties’ under-20s on a tour in Hungary - Arnold was assistant coach.

Explaining the reason behind the move, Prisk said: “I have been looking to get myself to a higher level and when I got selected for the England Counties under-20s with Paul Arnold being the assistant coach, I was speaking to him a lot when we were in Hungary.

“It seemed like a good move to come to Fylde to take me out of my comfort-zone and play at a good level of rugby.

“It is the first time I have really lived away from home as well, but it was something I needed to do.

“I couldn’t have come to a better place, learning from people like Gaz Rawlings and Arnie and all the other experienced forwards who are here.

“We knew that the opposition would be up to our sort of level, but we went out there and played really well.

“We won the first game by nearly 90 points - we made a lot of friends from all over the country and it was good experience.”

Prisk was steeped in Cormish rugby from an early age, joining the mini-junior section at the age of nine and staying there until he was 17.

He moved to Redruth and also had a spell on the Exeter academy while attending Truro College.

Prisk has spoken of his dual aims this season for Fylde rugby club - and for himself.

He harbours ambitions of making a professional career from the sport.

Prisk said: “Playing full-time would be the ideal plan, but it is difficult.

“I want to have a good year here and see if anything comes from it.

“Coming to Fylde is going to help me get a good read of the game and hopefully become a better, all-round rugby player.”

Looking ahead to prospects in the 2015-16 campaign, Prisk said: “There are going to be a lot of strong teams in our league, and we know we can’t afford to allow ourselves to be on the back foot at the start.”

He says it is imperative that Fylde are on their mettle from the outset, having been sluggish from the kick-off in pre-season friendlies against Rotherham Titans and Leeds Carnegie.

“Once you are chasing the game, it is very difficult, and it is something we have to work on.

“It has happened in the last couple of weeks that we have not started very well,

“We have a big week of training coming up before we play Loughborough,” Prisk added.