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The Bullet comes to Birmingham

One thing that was spoken about when Carson took over Birmingham was the possible influx of Chinese football stars to these shores to bolster the squad. Unfortunately, due to work permit issues and the like, it’s never really happened – until now. News has broken in Hong Kong that teenage midfielder James “The Bullet” Ha is coming to Blues on trial.

As you can see from this piece in the Apple Daily, James Ha (who’s Cantonese name is Ha Zi Ming) is coming to the UK to study at university, and as such has arranged to have a trial with the reserves. The midfielder, who is nicknamed “The Bullet” because of his pace (100m in 10.8 seconds) is considered one of Hong Kong’s best rising stars and won the young player of the season award in Hong Kong last season. Due to the fact he was born in Middlesbrough and is of mixed Chinese/British descent he shouldn’t have an issue with a work permit either.

I can’t guarantee he’ll be gracing the turf at St Andrews any time soon, but it’s interesting to hear that Blues have found one potential gem in fragrant harbours of Hong Kong.

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