Hammers head to Poland

West Ham United's reserve team have arrived in Poland for a specially-arranged friendly with Polish side Arka Gdynia on Tuesday.

The high-profile game, which will be screened live on Polish TV, will mark a double anniversary for Arka this year. It is 80 years since the club were formed, while it also 30 years since they lifted the Polish Cup for the one and only time.

West Ham United agreed to play in the match having forged a relationship with the club after youth-team player Filip Modelski left Arka to join West Ham United. Reserve-team manager Alex Dyer said: "It will be a good crowd and it will be live on Polish TV. I've stressed to the boys that we are going out there and we are representing West Ham United and we need to put on a good show."

Dyer is set to call on his reserve-team regulars, so captain Bondz 'Gala, Fabio Daprela, Nigel Quashie, Olly Lee and Frank Nouble, fresh from his stunning strike at Chelsea last week, could all figure. They will also be joined by youth-team prospects Jordan Brown, Conor Okus and Ahmed Abdulla.

"It's a young squad and we will have a couple of young lads who have been around the first-team squad like Bondz 'Gala, Fabio Daprela and Frank Nouble. We are going to play their first team so it will be good experience for the boys and me as well.

"I hope they will learn how they conduct themselves in a different environment and also how different teams play. They will learn and I will learn how other teams conduct themselves and it will be a beneficial trip for us."

West Ham United could have some good support at the Stadion GOSiR with some fans already having made the trip over from England. They will be added to by the West Ham United Supporters Club Poland, who plan to have more than 20 fans travelling to the game from across the country.

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