HEREFORD FC have secured the signing of former Weston-Super-Mare midfield pair Jason Pope and Jacob Jagger Cane before the squad return for pre-season training tomorrow (Thursday).

23-year-old Pope and 25-year-old Cane both came through the youth system at Exeter City before moving to the Seagulls, but the pair couldn't do enough to save the side from relegation from National League South at the end of the season.

Pope, who played over 80 games for Weston since 2015, told the club's official website he rejected a deal with the side after hearing about the Bulls' ambitions.

He said: "I met Ricco (Marc Richards) at the training ground at Hartpury, seeing the facilities, seeing what the club has to offer the players in terms of training facilities, I knew that I really wanted it (the move) to happen.

"I'm really glad that I'm here now and can't wait to get going."

Bulls left-back Danny Greenslade, who is thought to be out until December with an injury, knows Pope from his time at Weston.

"I've spoken to a couple of players, I spoke to Danny (Greenslade) quite a lot, he spoke about the fans, about how passionate they are and that's something that I'm absolutely buzzing to be a part of," he added.

Pope is yet to play a game in National League North, but said he feels he has what it takes to make the step up and wants to get back to playing full-time football.

Also arriving at Edgar Street is Jacob Jagger Cane, his former captain at Weston. The terrier-like midfielder has spent the last four years with the Seagulls, before this he enjoyed spells on loan at Poole Town and Weymouth.

Cane said the ambitions for the Bulls to get into the National League, and back to full-time football, was key in his decision to move to Edgar Street.

"Marc and Tim have sold to me the ambitions of the club, they want to get back to full time football, back to the National League and go from there. For a club this size it's exactly what it should be."

"Marc has showed me a few clips of myself, he's been watching me, and saw me get into the box quite a bit so I want to add a few more goals to my game. Hopefully under Marc and the coaching staff I can do that.

"I've got that breaking up play side to me, but I want to get up the pitch and score some more goals this season."

The 25-year-old said he already knows a couple of Hereford players and is looking forward to getting back to training tomorrow.

The news comes a day after 18-year-old Rhys Davies signed for the club.