NEW Porthleven boss Alan Carey has wasted no time in bolstering his squad this summer.

No fewer than seven players have been brought in, with youth very much at the core.

"I feel we have strengthened in the right areas and there's a great buzz about the place, with lots of good things happening."

Brothers Josh and Jared Sims, Scott Kellow and Ben Casley, with whom Carey worked at St Blazey, have joined the ranks at Gala Parc, together with Newquay youngsters Jack Rapsey and Ryan Jones and box-of-tricks winger Danny Carne, from Godolphin.

The only loss to the squad is Callum Grahamslaw, who has joined the RAF and won't be available for the season.

"We wanted to keep the youth theme and build a squad that will be together for two or three seasons. Our aim is to gain promotion during that time and give them the chance to play together at the next level," said Alan.

He added: "We need 17 or 18 players because you only need a couple of injuries and you're down to 14. I'm looking to secure one more signature in the next week or so."

Rapsey, son of one of Cornwall's finest ever goalscorers Mark, is a county youth striker, while Jones is a centre half.

"I'm really pleased to have them all on board. We had lots of good young players before the signings, but now we have a decent squad," he said.

Port entertain St Austell in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, July 22 (7.30pm), before they host Falmouth Town in the Dave Gardner Tournament on Saturday, July 29 and visit Helston Athletic on Tuesday, August 1.

The finals day of the competition will be at Helston on Saturday, August 5.