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Last updated 11:56 04/06/2014
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EXCITED: All Whites defender Winston Reid is looking forward to the two matches his West Ham United EPL side have in NZ next month.

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All Whites star Winston Reid plans to put on a show for family and friends when he returns to New Zealand next month.

The defender will play for West Ham United against the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC in Auckland and Wellington as part of the Football United tour.

Reid, who lived in Auckland until he moved to Denmark aged eight, expects dozens of family members and friends to watch him strut his stuff on home soil.

"It's going to be nice for me personally to go back," Reid told West Ham's website.

"The majority of my family live there and it's where I'm from. It'll be nice for the boys too to experience a different part of the world. I only normally get the opportunity to play in front of my friends and family for the national team, and now I get to do it with my club as well, so it's going to be enjoyable for me."

West Ham will play the Phoenix at Eden Park on July 23 and Sydney at Westpac Stadium on July 26.

West Ham and fellow tourists Newcastle United will be the first top-flight English clubs to visit New Zealand in 29 years.

"I've known about the trip for a while," Reid said.

"There were a couple of representatives from the Phoenix here [in London] recently and I had a meeting with them where they talked about the interest in bringing the club down. I thought it sounded exciting, and fair play to them. They've done a lot to make it happen and I think the guys are looking forward to it."

While the tour would be enjoyable on a personal level, Reid said, it also formed an important part of the club's pre-season preparations.

"Hopefully the weather will be all right in July," he said.

"I know it will be winter down there, but Auckland is a beautiful city and all the people in New Zealand are very friendly, so I think it'll be 10 days of enjoyment, while obviously we'll be working hard in our pre-season. We're going down there for hard work."

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