Hammers land in Hong Kong

West Ham United's Development Squad are in Hong Kong for this weekend's HKFC Citibank International Soccer Sevens.

Ian Hendon, his coaching staff and players arrived in the Far East on Thursday afternoon ahead of the prestigious tournament, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

A young but exciting squad will represent the Hammers in Hong Kong, with Jordan Spence, Rob Hall, Olly Lee, George Moncur, Callum Driver, Eoin Wearen and Brian Montenegro all possessing first-team or npower Football League experience this season. Goalkeeper Jake Larkins and midfielders Blair Turgott and Pelly Ruddock have also travelled, with the trio starting life as full-time professionals next season.


Development Squad coach Hendon said the Hammers party had quickly acclimatised to life in the Far East ahead of the competition.

"We arrived late on Thursday afternoon and the lads had a bite to eat before having an early night," said Hendon. "On Friday, we trained in the morning at Hong Kong Football Club before breaking for lunch.

"After lunch, we did a bit of sight-seeing and took the boys up to The Peak, which is the highest point in Hong Kong and offers amazing views over the surrounding area. Then, it was back down to work and the boys spent some time in the gym before dinner and another early night.

"We play our three group-stage matches on Friday and then, if all goes to plan, we'll be in the final on Sunday."

West Ham are one of 16 clubs taking part in the Main Tournament and have been drawn in Group B alongside Leicester City, HKFC Captain's Select and Celtic. The group-stage will take place on Saturday, with the knockout stages to be held on Sunday. 

For more information about the HKFC Citibank International Soccer Sevens, click here.