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Locks Heath Pumas have made some key summer signings as they aim to raise the profile of the club.

EastEnders and West End actress Emma Barton is the new club ambassador and will aim to help increase the profile of the Hampshire two club.

The Portsmouth-born actress played the part of Honey Mitchell in the BBC soap between 2005 and 2008, with further appearances this year.

Barton has been recruited along with former England and British Lions full-back Tim Stimpson and present club secretary Rob Frampton – a World’s Strongest Man competitor – to take on ambassadorial roles.

‘We have made this move to try to increase our profile in the local area,’ said head coach Jim Pearce.

‘They will be coming to the club during the season and featuring at some of our events.

‘Hopefully we can get all three together for a Q&A session one evening and they are also actively mentioning us in social media.’

Locks Heath finished third in Hampshire two last season and have ambitions to improve on that this term.

They were the only team in the league to complete the double over second-placed Fareham Heathens in one of their best-ever campaigns.

Liam Moggeridge, who joined from Gosport & Fareham just before Christmas, is the new Pumas captain and his National League experience will prove important.

Harry Cripps, who also has National League experience with Portsmouth, was another key player.

He has previously represented London Irish second team in the A League.

Freddie Hoare, Carl Darnley and Tom Wells are also in the ranks.

‘Having these guys in the squad raised the levels, both at training and playing,’ said Pearce.

‘Being honest, it’s difficult to lure players to a Hampshire two side because on paper it can be seen as a drop in standard.

‘However, there are massive bonuses and once the guys get to the training ground they see we are very professional in our approach.

‘Exciting times are ahead and we welcome anyone who would like to be a part of it.’