One of Helston Athletic's under 18's new managers Dani Bua claims there are exciting times ahead for the newly formed side.

The team is a merge of Helston's Under 16's and Culdrose FC's under 16 batch of players who will be managed by Bua and Mark Hill, father of Rocco who scored on his first team debut last season.

Speaking to the Packet, Bua said: "We had a period at the club where we didn't have the 18s. An opportunity came up with Mark Hill who was at the Under 16s from Culdrose and with our 16s and we got together to get the team together. All local lads, all want to progress through the pathway at Helston. I am really excited I am just looking forward to getting the lads together.

"It is exciting times ahead we have a good group there but we are going to base our success on how many players we can get into the senior side this season rather than where we finish in the league.

"Obviously we want to be competitive but we aren't going to aim to win the league or anything like that. We don't see that as a priority, our priority is making the pathway for the lads to play senior football and give them that opportunity."

The newly formed side will play their football in the Kernow Youth league and in the FA Youth Cup have been tied at home to Bovey Tracey but Bua insists the top priority for the outfit isn't just about winning titles. He said: "It is the last opportunity to play youth football together as a group of mates as well.

"It is memories they are going to keep. As regards to the pathway it is brilliant to integrate them into the club. some of them have been at Culdrose but they are Helston lads."

"A lot of them have been signposted to the third or second team, one is regularly training with the first team and we hope to get a few more training with the first team. Its about not rushing them into the senior element, it is about creating an atmosphere where they are comfortable with knowing everyone around the senior setup and that's what we are trying to do. It's about their development and making the transition into senior football as easy and as comfortable as possible for them."