Barnstaple Town have issued a sign of intent by bringing in a plethora of new faces for the 2013-14 season. Manager Tom Bulley is aiming to get the newly-relegated club back into the Toolstation Western League Premier as soon as possible having inherited a club which has endured a difficult past few seasons. Coming off the back of the last two or three seasons, the club hasnt been in the best of hands I would say, he said. Certainly were looking to stabilise the club-thats got to be the priority- but at the same time, with the signings weve made were going to give the league a good go and have a good shot at it this season. Obviously the club needs a bit of stability behind it first, but certainly for the long term we dont want to be hanging around. Bulley had already introduced five new signings to the first team set-up, with Aaron Harper-Penman, Billy Tucker, Jack Jenkins, Ryan Draper & Sam Stephens all joining Barum this summer. And today (Tuesday), Bulley anounced the signings of striker Ryan Turner and midfielder Lee Francis from Ilfracombe. The likes of Aaron coming from Bideford, thats a great signing for us, said Bulley. Jack Jenkins from Bocas one that Ive seen and wanted for a while. Ryan Drapers experienced and weve also got young Billy Tucker, whos a great signing with great ability. Im looking forward to working with them, and at the same time theyre all local-based players which is what we want at the club. I think good team morale goes a long way. Harper-Penman cited that team spirit as one of the main reasons for moving to the club. We came for each other really, he said. After seeing Barnstaple get relegated last year we thought wed try to get them back where they belong. It will be tough but I think we can give it a good go next season, and having all these local lads will give you the team spirit. Draper said: Aaron and I have travelled away but its your local club and it was always the plan to come back here eventually, and with the new signings I saw no reason not to. Despite the flurry of new additions, Bulley is still looking to add to his squad. Weve brought in a lot of young lads and some good experience as well, and thats one of the things we lacked last season, he said. The chairmans been great with me and the people behind the scenes have worked endlessly and things are getting a lot better. Ive turned down a great offer from a higher club during the off season, but with whats going on with the club now and the plans we have, Ive decided to stay on. The clubs only going to be going in one direction now. Its my local club at the end of the day as well and after last season I feel I have something to prove. I would love to say were going to win the league, happy days but thats not the way football is. Itll be a tough league but Im excited about the season coming up, well give it our best shot. Barum kick off their pre-season with a home game on July 13 against Tavistock.