Cornish history maker pens new deal

James Gordon
Jamie Prisk

Photo credit: Patrick Tod/Cornwall RLFC

Cornwall have handed a new deal to local forward Jamie Prisk for the 2023 League 1 season.

Prisk, 29, captained the Choughs in their first ever match as a professional outfit against North Wales Crusaders earlier this year.

And he ended the year by setting a new club record for points in a match, scoring two tries and three goals in the game against Midlands Hurricanes.

A former Redruth and St Ives rugby union player, Jamie Prisk first played rugby league with Cornish Rebels in 2013 and played 18 games in Cornwall’s inaugural year.

He said: “I am absolutely buzzing and really looking forward to next year.

“Last year was a venture into the great unknown for myself and the club although now, after a season under our collective belts, we are in a much better place.

“There will be no sting in the tail in terms of what we will face in League 1 although we are under no illusions that it will once again be a tough campaign.

“One thing that will really help us is that because we have a lot longer to prepare for 2023 compared to 2022, the boys will be much more together as a group.

“The squad is looking really good and pre-season is going well with some of the lads we had here on loan last year coming back on a full-time basis. That shows that as a club we are moving in the right direction and our increased squad depth will help us push on.

“Obviously we all want to be in the starting 17 but by having a bigger and more competitive squad, it will give Mike (Abbott, head coach) some selection headaches which can only be a good thing.”

Cornwall RLFC general manager John Beach, added: “As a proud Cornishman, Jamie’s signing reaffirms our commitment to offer the chance for homegrown talent to excel in professional rugby league – something that, prior to last November, they were unable to do.

“Jamie has played the game before for the Cornish Rebels and the Cornwall county side but this was his big chance to step up and show what he could do in League 1.”

Prisk’s re-signing follows soon after that of hooker Sam Gilder, another Cornish born and bred player.

Gilder endured an injury-hit maiden campaign in the professional ranks, but is raring to go for 2023.

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