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MON on Trophy announcement

by Stuart Vose

Boss on Hong Kong pre-season trip.

Manager Martin O’Neill has revealed that Sunderland jumped at the chance to be involved in the Barclays Asia Trophy this summer.

The Black Cats will travel to Hong Kong to take part in the four-team competition, which will take place between July 24-27.

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will also compete alongside hosts South China FC.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be be participating in the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy, once again taking place in Hong Kong,” O’Neill said.

“The stature and prestige of the event is such that, when invited, we readily accepted.

“Hong Kong’s reputation as a brilliant venue is also growing tall and we are all looking forward to competing against such very strong opposition on our Barclays Asia Trophy debut.”