Bathurst product Mitch Rooke won't have the opportunity to play A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers in the FFA Cup, after parting ways with Broadmeadow Magic.
The Magic will have to field a young, new-look line-up in their round of 32 match after the departure of several senior players.
Leading scorer James Virgili, skipper Luke Virgili, stalwart defenders Jon Griffiths and Matt Hoole, and 2018 competition player of the year Sam Walker are among those who have left the club, alongside Rooke.
Coach Damian Zane said the Virgili brothers and Hoole had joined Northern NSW NPL premiers Lambton Jaffas, while Griffiths, Rooke and Walker were also headed elsewhere. The Newcastle Herald understands Griffiths has joined NPL newcomers Cooks Hill.
Luke Callan and Sam Haren are other departures.
Midfielder Jose Atayde, who missed the latter part of this season because of COVID restrictions, is likely to try his hand overseas again and will probably miss the cup match.
On the plus side, Magic have signed Damon Green (Edgeworth) and Aaron Oppedisano (Charlestown) for next year but both will be cup tied for the Wanderers clash. The main draw, nationwide knockout game has yet to be rescheduled because of COVID restrictions but will be held at No.2 Sportsground, possibly next month.
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