WINSFORD United have lost two-thirds of their local contingent, but replacements could be on the way.
Striker Les Miranda has announced his intention to retire and full back Lee Duckworth has joined Mossley, now managed by ex- Blues’ boss Chris Willock, in the UniBond League.
But United have issued an open invitation to Mid Cheshire-based players to attend their training sessions.
“If you think you are good enough come along – we’ll give you the chance to prove it,” said manager Joe Gibiliru.
Goalkeeper Mike Langley is the only Winsfordian now on United’s books, but hoping to relaunch his career is utility man Chris Hutchinson, who has been sidelined for two years with a cruciate ligament injury. He’ll need time to regain match fitness, however.
United train at the ground on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7pm).
Apart from Duckworth, all of last season’s squad have reported for duty, along with three new signings from Cammell Laird – midfielders Mike McGraa and Sean Holmes and striker Paul McDonald.
Miranda, who scored 24 goals last season mostly before a mid-season knee injury, is 34 but has signed forms.
“We hope he changes his mind,” said secretary Bob Astles.