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Bombers hand Garlett AFL lifeline
Ed Jackson
11:52 AEST Tue Nov 27 2012

Essendon are set to offer Dayle Garlett a football lifeline after the prospect was overlooked in last week's AFL draft.

Seen as a possible top 10 pick earlier in the year, Garlett's stocks have fallen dramatically after he was cut from the AFL academy in March after reports of bad off-field behaviour.

Bombers coach James Hird confirmed on Tuesday Garlett would train with the club in Melbourne next week and could be picked up if he impresses.

He said the West Australian would have the same chance as any other trialist to prove his worth ahead of the pre-season draft.

"No doubt there's a lot of talent there and the way he plays his football excites everyone," Hird told reporters on the Gold Coast, where the Bombers are holding a week-long training camp.

"We've just got to work out whether someone like Dayle fits our group.

"We've got an opportunity to pick someone up in the pre-season draft and we'll have a look at him for that."

One player who won't be at Windy Hill next year is midfielder Brent Prismall, who Hird confirmed is all but certain to join Port Adelaide.

Prismall had continued to train with the Bombers despite being delisted earlier this month and Hird said Essendon were preparing to re-sign the 61-gamer in the pre-season draft.

But Prismall has since left to train with the Power and Hird said it looks like his time with the Bombers has come to an end.

"We would have offered him a one-year deal, they (Port) look they're going to offer him a bit longer than that and good on him for securing his professional future," Hird said.

"In the time of professional football that's a sound business decision."


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