Carlsberg South West Peninsula League
Published 5th July 2012
....of the new Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division season.
Bunney, who arrived at Speeds Meadow following Peter Buckingham's departure for Toolstation Western League side Barnstaple Town, has been forced to cast his net wide after a number of players followed in the previous manager's footsteps.
Alex Greening and Brett Worbey are among those to leave for Barum.
"It has been mixed fortunes so far," said former Ottery St Mary boss Bunney, who has already brought in former St Blazey winger Marcus Petheck.
"I have brought a few players in and still have a few targets to chase as well because we have lost a few players, as we expected.
"I think we are going to have to sign another seven players or so at the moment to build a competitive squad.
"At the moment I am talking to 30 different players – that's how much work I've got to do.
"I can't give names out at the moment because they aren't official yet but we have signed about five players so far.
"We have lost quite a few players – a lot of them have followed the ex-manager to Barnstaple Town.
"It is a bit of a blow but it was to be expected – people follow other people.
"There were four players from the under-18s who broke through into the senior team from last season, and we have got them to agree to stay on.
"That's Thomas Broome, Josh Luxon, Aiden Moyle and Max Oliver, and we are hoping that with them, the players that have stayed and the players we are signing, we should have a decent squad."
Cully's players returned to pre-season training last Wednesday.
With just under six weeks to go until the season kicks off, Bunney said he was prioritising defensive work.
"We do need to have a strong defence. We are taking the philosophy of building from the back," he said.
"That is our focus during pre-season and we are just going to build from there and hopefully that will give us some solid foundations.
"But it's not like the season starts on August 11th and that is it, we can sign players after that and it is a process of continual progression and improvement for us."