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From Andrew Large, Mousehole AFC


Mousehole have started their pre-season business with the signing of Kyle Fraser from Porthleven.

The 26-year old can operate as a left-sided defender or attacker, and adds versatility to manager Jake Ash’s squad as they  prepare for their step up to a historic first-ever season in the Western League Premier.

The Helston-based youngster started his footballing education as a goal-scoring winger with Plymouth Argyle Academy.  He later completed a mathematics degree at Quincy University, Illinois, USA, where his soccer skills won much acclaim and several honours.  He’s currently putting his maths talents to good use as a trainee accountant.

Representing Cornwall at Under-18s level, Fraser drew this praise from Mousehole’s manager Jake Ash:

 “He’s been on our radar for a while as another young, fit, hungry and ambitious player. I worked with Kyle in the West Cornwall District set-up and was always struck by his ability and attitude.  

He has attracted lots of interest from other clubs but has always stayed loyal to Porthleven, and I like that. That said, when I spoke  to him I was so impressed with his desire to be the best he can be and push on among our staff and players.

I should add a big thanks to Graham Blake at Porthleven – he didn’t want to lose Kyle but showed real class in allowing Kyle to  train with us during April and May. “

Deryk Heywood, Mousehole’s Chairman, remembers Kyle Fraser well from his previous time as Chairman of Porthleven:  “Kyle is a great competitor and has bags of natural enthusiasm, a perfect role model for The Seagulls.  I’m confident he will step up to the challenge of playing at the higher level and give Jake great support”.

The Seagulls’ squad was boosted earlier in the year, with winger Callam Mconie switching from Newquay but not having the opportunity to make his debut because of the curtailment of the season.  Top marksman Mark Goldsworthy had joined the club before Christmas but was able to play only two games for the same reason – with Jake Ash commenting: “Goldie still feels like a new signing, so I’m really pleased with the three we have already brought in as we look forward to next season.  We are still targeting two more players to add to the existing squad, all of whom deserve their chance to play at the higher level”

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I like the recruitment policy of Jake Ash and Mousehole. They seem to take a bit of time over their signings, and bring in young and and talented Cornish players who are ready to go up a level or two. Josh Magin was one such example from last season. Helps as well that Jake Ash knows these players from his time managing age group sides.

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