NEWHALL United have been hit by the loss of several key players, including captain Richard Foster.
The long-serving centre-half has moved to Rocester as one of six first-team players to have departed the Hawfields.
However, boss Johnny Smith has made several new signings and has two trialists at the club who could fill Foster's boots.
"Losing Fozzy is a blow," said the manager. "He wants to win and wanted to see who came in before he made a decision.
"He's the biggest loss after four or five years of hardly missing a game. I thought he might stop but he goes with our best wishes."
Foster will be joined at Rocester by winger Ash Riddell, who has also left Newhall.
Striker James Ward, as expected, has moved back to London and his 23 goals from last season will be badly missed.
Target man Mick Kirkland – who made quite a splash last season, scoring eight goals – has signed for Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division outfit Matlock Town.
The final two departures are the Greenhalgh brothers, Andy and Rob.
"We've lost a lot of talent," said Smith, who is still hoping for another good season in the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division. "But we can hopefully still challenge at the right end of the table."
Coming into the Hawfields are former Whitwick striker Thomas Curtis, ex-Gresley youth Joe Tomlin and French winger Joann Fournier, who played for Gresley reserves.
Two other unnamed players are coming in on trial.
Off the pitch there have also been changes at the club, with long-serving chairman Bob Corner given the new title of honorary president.
Ex-Newhall secretary David Hamilton has been appointed as the new chairman, while Adam Stockdale is the new reserve team manager.
The Blues face United Counties League Premier Division side Wellingborough Town tomorrow, kick-off 3pm