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Plymouth Albion strengthen pack options with Prisk and Fisher

STAYING: Dave Fisher will be at Albion next season

STAYING: Dave Fisher will be at Albion next season

PLYMOUTH Albion have confirmed the signing of former Fylde and Redruth lock Todd Prisk.

Sports Gazette revealed last week that the 21-year-old Cornishman was to join Albion from St Ives, where he has been playing since leaving Fylde mid-way through last season.

Prisk, who made six starts and two replacement appearances for Fylde in National One, is the first new arrival to Brickfields this summer.

Plymouth have also announced that fellow forward Dave Fisher has agreed to stay at the club after an injury-hit campaign last term.

South African Fisher, who can play in the second-row or back-row, never got to make a first team appearance last season due to an ACL knee injury, which required surgery.

Both players are believed to have signed pay-as-you-play deals at Brickfields.

Former England Counties Under-20 player Prisk said: “I have experience of playing National One rugby and know the standard is high.

“Plymouth Albion are an ambitious club and I’m really looking forward to getting started at Brickfields.”

Former Natal Under-21 player Fisher stayed in Plymouth last season despite his injury as he wants to gain a UK passport. He is currently in the country on an ancestry visa.

The 23-year-old is keen to show Albion supporters what he can do after his injury frustration last term.

Fisher played against Bedford in pre-season but then injured his knee in Albion’s next warm-up match against Newton Abbot. He made a comeback and played 80 minutes against Taunton in November but the knee went again and he underwent surgery in December.

“I have been working hard,” said Fisher. “And I will be ready for contract when Albion start their pre-season training.

“I have to prove my fitness and work hard to be in a position to fight for a place in the starting line-up.”

Albion’s pack is taking shape, with Herbie Stupple, Nile Dacres, Dan Pullinger and Cameron Thompson having re-signed.

The club are also hoping Dan Collier, Rupert Freestone and Sam Matavesi will stay on.

However, it looks like Albion will have to totally rebuild their back division.

So far only the only regular back starter from last season to re-sign is Matt Shepherd, although squad players Jon Dawe and Seti Raumakita have also penned deals.

Billy Searle, Elliot Bale, Jake Murphy and Ethan Ford have definitely left the club, while other departures are expected.

Albion will start pre-season training on July 4.

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