MOVING: Aden Gardner, right, has played mostly in Edgeworth’s 20 years side this season after featuring 19 times in first grade in 2016. Picture: Marina NeilValentine do not expect American imports Jalon Brown and Alec Faulkner to return but the clubhassecured Edgeworth’s Aden Gardner for 2018.

Phoenix coach Darren Sills was hoping to overcome visa issues to retain Brown and Faulkner, who were key players in his side’srise to finals contenders this season,but said on Tuesday“I’d be surprised if they stayed” in .

Sills is talking to a friend of the pair, an attacking player,about making the trip next year to Valentine, who have signed midfielder Gardner but lost Daniel Minors (Broadmeadow) and Alex Tserepas.

** New Lake Macquarie coach Nick Webb has added Charlestown goalkeeper Nathan Archbold andAdamstown pair Harry Lane andCameron Holzheimer to his 2018 roster.

Archbold replaces Benn Kelly, who will join Adamstown, where Webb was coach for the second half of this year.

** Referee Stephen Laurie has enjoyed a rapid rise tothe top job for Saturday’s NPL grand finals.

Laurie, whorefereed last year’s second-division decider, will control the first-grade clash between Jaffas and Edgeworth at McDonald Jones Stadium from 7pm.NNSWF is encouraging people to save money bybuying tickets online before Saturday at Ticketmaster.

** An NPL coach has caused a stir with comments that were later deleted from a Northern NSW Football website review.

The comments, which included “there is no coach in the league I haven’t out-coached one-on-one”, set phones buzzing with texted screenshots of the quotes.

** Maitland are confident of working through visa requirements and retaining English import Josh Dutton-Black for next year.

The Magpies have kept the core of their squad and added Alex Read, Mat and Andrew Swan, James Thompson and Zac Thomas from rival NPL clubs.

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