Charlestown have joined Maitland, Adamstown and Lake Macquarie in locking in their coach for the 2019 Northern NSW NPL, which will be the last season before a new licencing period in the competition.
Blues coach David Tanchesvski re-signed on Wednesday for a second season at the helm. Michael Bolch (Maitland), Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Adamstown) and Nick Webb (Lake Macquarie) have done likewise in recent weeks. Cansdell-Sherriff agreed to a two-year extension.
Weston announced last week they would have a new coach next year, ending the tenure of Steve Piggott two seasons into a three-year agreement.
Darren Sills (Valentine), Damian Zane (Edgeworth), James Pascoe (Lambton Jaffas), Ruben Zadkovich (Broadmeadow) and Peter McGuinness (Hamilton) have yet to sign on but all appear likely to return in 2019.
Tanchevski has steered a new-look Blues to the FFA Cup round of 32 for the first time and they sit fifth in the NPL after 15 rounds. They led for the first nine rounds.
“We started well but we always knew it would be tough once we got a few injuries, from a depth point of view,” Tanchevski said. “We always looked at it as a rebuilding year and our aim at the start was to compete with the top six. Our main goal was to be in the race with the likes of Maitland and Olympic and in touching distance of the finals come the end of the year, and we’re still there.
“When you start at a club, you always need three years to build and I think the club are on the same page with that. I want to build a three-year plan and while the club’s player budget is not going to be as much as the higher teams, we’ve still been able to put together a decent squad.”
Tanchevski hoped to retain the core of his squad, add quality recruits and bring through young talent such as Jarrod Purcell, Daniel Steel and Josh Pippen. Steel and Pippen went down with season-ending injuries this year and Tanchevski was keen to see them return in 2019.
Charlestown president Dean Crossley said the club was happy to reappoint Tanchevski and shore up stability at the Blues hopefully over the next few years.