BALA Town have been busy strengthening their ranks ahead of the new season.

The action gets underway for the Lakesiders on Sunday with a trip to Cymru North Chirk AAA in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

Ahead of the game, Bala have secured the signing of striker George Newell from Southport.

The 25-year-old joins having departed the Merseyside-based side this summer and will now experience his first taste of Welsh domestic football.

Newell came through the ranks at Everton before signing for Bolton Wanderers, where he would make two appearances in the first team, both in the Championship.

Last season, Newell made seven appearances for Southport, managing to score one goal.

However, this was a great accomplishment for the striker having suffered a horrific double compound leg fracture the season prior which left his club having to set up a GoFundMe page in order to pay off his medical bill.

Since recovering from the potentially career-ending injury, Newell departed The Pure Stadium for a second spell on loan at Marine having previously played at Rossett Park the season before.

While there, the Everton academy product scored nine goals in 15 appearances.

He is the son of former Everton forward Mike Newell, who also played at a whole host of Football league clubs during his career.

Newell has hit the ground running for the Lakesiders, scoring twice in Bala's 3-0 pre-season friendly win at Denbigh Town.