BRIDPORT have signed a remarkable 22 players in one sitting.

The 22 are the first signings for new boss Rob Marquis and include a host of highly coveted players and promising young talent.

More signings are planned later this week, including a player with previous Western League experience.

Players have been recruited for the Bees' first team, reserves and the third XI.

Marquis rates 18-year-old midfielder Finley Jarvis, who is reputedly of interest to a League Two club, as "one to watch" this season.

Curtis Hansford, Jake Owen, Tony Carlile, Riley Weedon, Riley Greenwood-Neate, Jake Hawker and Bailey McNamara are also among the additions.

Numerous under-18 players are part of the 22.

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Marquis told the Bridport News: "Some of them are third-team players but I've got that inclusive approach to the club.

"Under Toolstation rules we can sign as many as we want for £250 up to the end of this calendar year.

"Some of the lads will be playing in the Dorset League and some of them DPL (Dorset Premier League).

"At training I just said: 'Look lads, if you want to sign a form, feel free.'

"We're going to have that squad mentality where everybody plays for Bridport FC. 

"There's no 'you'll be in this team, that team' because you'll be selected accordingly to where best suits you and us and it may vary from week to week."

Bridport have however missed out on the signatures of new Portland defender Danny Griffiths plus forward Elliot Rossiter and midfielder Henry Lawrence-Napier.

Rossiter and Lawrence-Napier are tipped to join Shaftesbury and Sherborne Town respectively, while John Pritchard is likely to follow Rossiter to the Rockies.