Pair add depth to depleted Blues list

RECRUIT: Former Rooster Michael Bru will be added to Charlestown’s PPS.
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Charlestown will look to Michael Bru and Daniel Bartlett to bolster their NPL squad after losing a third of their top roster from the start of the season.

The first window for changes to player points system (PPS) lists closes on Wednesday and the Blues will add at least Bru, who featured in losses to Lambton Jaffas and Edgeworth, and Bartlett.

Charlestown have lost seven of the 21 players on their original PPS list. Josh Swadling, Mitch Harper, Andy Klijn, KyleLawther, Jarrad Ross, Ryan Frame andJarrod Purcell have left the club or have long-term injuries.

Bru, who came from second-tier club Toronto Awaba, has experience in the top division with Lake Macquarie. Bartlett has been one of the best attacking midfielders in the second division in recent years and has come from Belmont Swansea.

Charlestown coach Shane Pryce hoped the pair would help “get depth back” in his squad, which also lost Garry McDermott and Sam Bradshaw in pre-season.

Despite the dramas, Charlestown have managed 10 points in eight games, including a 1-0 win over Broadmeadow and 2-1 victory over Hamilton.

Pryce said he would look to his lower grades to fill the other spots in his senior squad.

Frame (ankle),Purcell and Ross (both knee) have dropped out of the squad because of injury.

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