Carluke Rovers hope to have a group of new players in place for the start of the season

Carluke Rovers are hoping to have at least seven new faces ahead of their West of Scotland League Third Division campaign.

Co-boss Paul Davies says at least six of them are nearly overwhelmed, but with some on vacation and others technically still under contract elsewhere, he is reluctant to name names.

However, two of them are goalkeepers, to replace outgoing duo Dean Wilson and Adam Brown, and Rovers have signed Forth captain Billy Stevenson.

Davies says Rovers want to build on their Conference B campaign last season, which saw them finish 11th after he and co-boss Craig Gupwell took over from Mark Weir towards the end of the campaign.

He said: “We just resumed pre-season training there on Saturday and had some new faces.

“We hope to have six new faces this season. There are two goalkeepers at the moment, but some people are still on vacation and haven’t come yet.

“We had lost a few players like James Frame and goalkeepers Dean Wilson and Adam Brown, who are key positions to try to fill, but hopefully we’ve done that now.

“In general things are going well and we are happy, but we would still like to bring in a left-handed striker, if we can, and I think that will be us.”

Davies is hoping for at least seven new faces this summer to bolster the Rovers squad

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The Rovers return to training on Mondays and Thursdays, and Davies and Gupwell have already organized a busy friendly schedule to get a good look at their players.

Davies said: “We have games scheduled, we are playing our first against home side Carluke Thistle on June 25 and Gartcairn on July 2.

“We then have a game against an amateur team, AS Airdrie, then the Clydesdale Cup has been reformed and we have a home semi-final against Lanark at John Cumming Stadium on Tuesday July 19.

“We are quite positive. We’ve only really been here six weeks and had two competitive games before the end of the season so it’s really up to us to play some pre-season friendlies and take a look at the crew.

“But looking at the team in training on Saturday, we’re quite happy with what we have.

“We are now looking forward to going into pre-season, getting some friendlies and seeing where we are.

“Hopefully we can build on last season, try to improve and hopefully be top of the table.”

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