Barnstaple boss Bulley confident he has the fire power to push for promotion

Barnstaple manager Tom Bulley says his attacking options are now strong enough to mount a push for promotion back to the Toolstation Western League Premier division.

Bulley recently unveiled midfielder Lee Francis, who becomes the team's vice captain, and striker Ryan Turner after signing the duo from Ilfracombe, but is still looking to strengthen at the back.

"Attacking-wise, we're certainly there now," said Bulley. "We've got a lot of good quality players in the squad which is great.

"Obviously adding Lee and Ryan is going to make the squad a lot stronger. They're both quality players.

"I'm quite lucky in that I've done my work and already we've got the squad together and pretty much in shape.

"Defensively, a couple more players and we're going to be there and there's still five weeks before the start of the season."

Striker Turner, who had signed on to play at Ilfracombe this season before a u-turn saw him join Barum, said the lure of a new challenge was behind his decision.

"I decided I haven't really been enjoying football too much over the last couple of seasons so I just felt like I needed a change of scenery and to enjoy something new," he said.

"I was at Barnstaple before and it was quite an easy decision to come back as soon as they came in for me. I'm just glad to be back really.

"No hard feelings with Ilfracombe but I felt this was the place I wanted to be. They said all the right things when I came to meet them."

Town also held a fans' forum this week, with the message being portrayed that the club is looking into the future.

"They asked me how we're going to be playing and I'm one for attacking," said Bulley. "We'll be a footballing side, that's the plan."

The club are also looking to continue the work of the previous regime in opening up the clubhouse for corporate events and wedding receptions. The clubhouse has already taken bookings, and they hope to have it open by the start of the season.