The clean-out at Dapto Dandaloo Fury has begun in earnest with the club confirming the departure of more than half of their first grade line-up.
Skipper Alvin Ceccoli and fellow former Socceroo Sasho Petrovski are two of the biggest names to walk out the door, with James Gikas, Michael Svircevic, Kieran Deane, Ben Price and Dominic Magill all failing to come to an agreement with the 2012 Illawarra Premier League champions.
Before the season had even wrapped up on Sunday, the Fury were already making moves to clear the decks on their playing roster after a disappointing 2013 campaign saw them finish outside of finals contention in sixth position.
Coach Norm Boardman said players such as Ceccoli needed a change, and marquee mid-season signing Petrovski just didn't fit the bill for the club.
"He is obviously a proven goal scorer but either we couldn't give him the appropriate service or he, not so much didn't fit in, it just wasn't the right fit," he said.
"To be fair, I would rather give young Shaun McRae an opportunity to push for a first grade spot because I think he has a few years left in him and will be someone of the future."
Boardman intends to promote a number of youth grade stars to the first grade squad for next season and combine them with a core group of signed players including Matthew Radman, Shane Lyons, Ryan Emerton, Chris Bush and Noel Spencer.
The club also hopes to secure the services of a few "interested" players from around the competition.
"There are some kids in the youth grade that we need to look at and give an opportunity," Boardman said.
"We are looking at going to a different direction now, we are looking to the future and bolstering them with a few established players of course."
The Fury's decision to use their youth squad was made simple by the under 20s strong performances in the competition.
"I think we have done a pretty good job over the last couple of years," Boardman said.
"The youth grade in the last three or four years has either won it or been in the grand final.
"At the end of the day, what we have established over the last few years here in bringing these youth graders forward we will have to start giving them the opportunity to play."