Summer Bay is gearing up for the arrival of two new Home & Away characters, who will be introduced to the show via special webisodes.

Tai Hara and Jackson Gallagher, who have joined the cast as bad boy brothers Andy and Josh Barrett, will first appear in a series of webisodes, before making their TV debut, according to the Australian Daily Telegraph.

Brad Lyons, Director of Network Production with Australia's Seven Network, which screens the soap, said: "The show's success today, and its unrivalled popularity since it began, lies in its honest storytelling and ability to evolve."

Newcomer Hara, who is set to play Andy, said: "I thought how lucky I was. It's just a real privilege to be on a show that is so loved."

He also teased the Barrett brothers' plotline with the River boys, saying: "There is a lot of history behind both the families. I carry the secrets of what our whole relationship is with them."

The special webisodes will introduce the Barrett brothers' backstory.