The Toolstation Western Football League
Published 6th July 2012
.....Jordan Charran to make up for the loss of prospect Billy Tucker.
Tucker is understood to have switched to Ilfracombe Town on the back of an impressive debut season in the Western League.
New boss Buckingham had Tucker in his Devon under-18 team last season and acknowledged the striker's departure was a blow.
But he expects Charran to make a success of his third spell at Mill Road.
The 21-year-old striker has returned as one of nine signings made by Buckingham, who succeeded Owen Pickard as manager in May.
Buckingham gave Charran, then 16, his Barnstaple first-team debut in November 2007.
He went on to play for Torquay United before rejoining Barnstaple in 2009.
After falling out of favour with Pickard, Charran moved to Witheridge in 2010 and scored twenty-five goals in two seasons in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.
Buckingham was in charge of Witheridge's Premier Division rivals Cullompton Rangers during that period.
He said: "I have watched Jordan over the last couple of seasons and he has developed and matured as a player.
"I am really pleased I have got him to come back to Barnstaple where he lives. I think he will be a good acquisition for Town."
Buckingham has signed six of his former Cullompton team - goalkeeper Joe Moore, defender Danny Tapp, midfielders Brett Worbey, Roger Ingham and Alex Greening, and forward Matt Harvey.
They are joined by young defenders James Skinner and Liam Pike who helped Tiverton Town's reserves win the Fresha Devon & Exeter League second division last season.
"They may not be ready for Western League Premier Division football but they have got to start somewhere," said Buckingham.
"Sometimes you have got to chuck these lads in at the deep end and hope they adapt.
"I have secured a number of players I feel will be committed to Barnstaple next season.
"I'm still looking to add to that and I will."