New-look Charlestown have lost Daniel Bird but gained Daniel Minors as they prepare for their first Northern NSW NPL campaign under coach David Tanchevski.
Bird was to return to Charlestown from Hamilton, along with strikers Kane Goodchild and Scott Smith, but has withdrawn because of work commitments.
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Tanchevski is still on the lookout for a wide attacking player with pace to replace Bird but has in the meantime signed Minors.
The young central midfielder made his first-grade debut with Charlestown in 2015 before a season each with premiership winners Edgeworth and then Valentine. He was announced as a Broadmeadow recruit late last season but last week signed with the Blues after training with Toronto Awaba.
Tanchevski said Minors would boost his squad’s midfield depth alongside Matt Tull, Daniel Casciaroli, Riley McNaughton and Cal Lewis.
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“I watched him play a few games last year and he was probably one of the picks out of Valentine last year,” Tanchevski said.
“He’s mobile and brings a bit of youth to our team. He’s a creative player to who can score goals from midfield.”