New Charlestown coach Graham Law has allayed fears of a playing group exodus at the Blues after the messy departure of David Tanchevski.
Law was announced as coach last Friday night, three days after Tanchevski resigned amid pressure from an outside group planning to take control of the club and change the coach.
The situation led to speculation of mass changes at the Blues, but the club re-signed captain Matt Tull, Rene Ferguson, Zac Lloyd and Lachlan Pasquale this week. Law was also confident of keeping the majority of the remaining squad.
Former professional Adam Hughes has left for Valentine and defender Tom Smart has signed at Magic. Riley McNaughton could be another loss. The Newcastle Herald understands he could be returning to Lambton Jaffas.
Law said Japanese import Rio Nishiura would not be returning but he was hopeful of retaining the rest of the existing group and adding four new players.
The Blues have narrowly missed the finals the past two NNSW NPL seasons. Law, a former Adamstown coach, returns to the NPL after three premierships with Cooks Hill in the second division.
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