Newcastle arrive in Hong Kong

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Defending champions Newcastle United have touched down in the Far East ahead of this summer's Citibank Hong Kong Football Club International Soccer Sevens.

The Magpies squad - which includes Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier - arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon local time and were greeted at the airport by a contingent of loyal Magpies supporters.

Players posed for photographs before heading for their Causeway Bay base ahead of training on the Hong Kong Football Club pitch on Thursday afternoon.

Their opening group games, against Leicester City, HKFC Captain's Select and Southern District, take place on Saturday before the second round of matches kick off on Sunday.

With Hong Kong seven hours ahead of English time, the squad have been adjusting to the new time zone and the humid conditions on Wednesday with a quiet evening of relaxation.

Tavernier, who captained United to glory last year, will skipper a strong squad which also features Ameobi, Bradden Inman, Remie Streete, Paul Dummett, Conor Newton, Michael Richardson, Jak Alnwick, Rolando Aarons and Steven Logan.

Reserve Team Manager Willie Donachie and Football Development Manager Peter Beardsley, together with backroom staff Michael Harding (physio), Richard Akenhead (sports scientist), Tom Coffield (analyst) and Dan King (Club Reporter) are also hoping to help Newcastle win the main tournament for a second successive season.

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