TODD Prisk admitted his decision to depart Redruth was a difficult one – but he could not miss the chance to play a higher level of rugby.

A deal was confirmed on Monday which will see the 20-year-old lock leave the Rec and play for National League One club Fylde during the 2015-16 campaign.

The 6ft 6in forward who weighs in a 17.5st joins the team based in Lancashire after putting in an impressive performance as vice-captain of the England Counties Under-20s squad which toured Hungary last month, where Fylde’s head coach Paul Arnold acted as assistant coach.

Looking ahead to the move, Prisk said it was a massive step to be making, but feels excited about getting the chance to show his worth in the country’s third highest division.

Prisk said: “Coming to Fylde and relocating to Lancashire is a big decision for me.

“The club has a rich history and I hope to play my part in achieving success in National One.

“I know about the attacking, dynamic style of rugby stressed by the coaching staff and practised by the squad in recent seasons and I’m excited about contributing to this.”

He grew up in St Ives alongside his twin brother Niall and elder sibling Jamie and featured for the town’s rugby team, starting in their U10s and eventually building his way to the senior side.

Prisk has also spent time with the Exeter Chiefs Academy and Truro College before signing for Redruth 12 months ago.

During the 2014-15 season Prisk made 17 appearance for the National League Two South club and also captained the Cornwall U20s side who reached the County Championship semi finals.

He has also represented the South West U20s and his new coach believes he has the skills to become a top quality player with Fylde.

“I’m delighted to welcome Todd to the Woodlands,” Arnold said.

“He impressed me on the England Counties U20s tour and has clear ambition to play at a high level."

“Despite his youth he is already showing positive leadership skills on and off the pitch.

“He has the potential to make an outstanding lock forward.”