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2014-07-18T06:57:00 Updated 2015-02-19T23:10:43

Hammers depart for New Zealand

The West Ham United squad set off for New Zealand for the Football United tour on Thursday evening, as they prepare to spread the Hammers word to the other side of the world.

A full day of travel awaits before Sam Allardyce and his team arrive in Auckland, with a game against Wellington Phoenix first up next Wednesday.

The Hammers then conclude the tour by taking on Sydney FC and skipper Kevin Nolan cannot wait.

He said: "I've never done a full day's travelling before so it'll be interesting to see how we handle it, but we're looking forward to seeing what New Zealand's all about. It's going to be great with the full houses for the games.

"The whole point of the pre-season is about hard work. We managed to get another game in on Wednesday when we all played 45 minutes. We'll top up with more minutes out there.

"We want to spread the West Ham word, we're going to New Zealand as good ambassadors and hopefully we'll come back with a couple more thousand West Ham fans.

"We have a great following back home so it will be nice to go across to the other side of the world, see those fans and give them the chance to see us live in action."

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