Pulis Relishing Asia Trophy
Head coach Tony Pulis has said that everyone in the West Bromwich Albion camp is relishing the challenge that will be the Premier League Asia Trophy tournament.
With Albion heading out to Hong Kong this week ahead of our debut at the pre season competition, we are of course returning to the Far East for the first time in 39 years and for Pulis it's a familiar location from 1981 where he spent a short spell at the local Happy Valley club.
Speaking to wba.co.uk Pulis explained.
'I had a phone call from Ron Wylie when I was at Bristol Rovers - he was working in Hong Kong at the time. He invited me over and it was an opportunity for me as I was getting married the following year. I was still quite a young person when I was there and it was a shock to the system.'
Pulis went on to say.
'To go over and see how people lived, having only lived in the western world, there was a massive difference. The weather and humidity, when I first went over there, was really horrendous but I grew into it and I really, really enjoyed it. There were some wonderful people there - Happy Valley was a fantastic club and for a long time, until we moved, the first Christmas card we received was from them. I've got great memories of the place and great memories of the seven or eight months I spent there. We did well on the football field as well so all in all it was a wonderful experience.'
Knowing the humidity well, Pulis knows that will be a bonus for us as we continue our pre season campaign as it fits his 'work the team hard' ethos ahead of a new year.
'Of course we want to win both games here but we are only into the second week of training so we are not at full tilt yet. The most important thing is to get the players through the 60, 80 or 90 minutes that they play fit.'