KOREN'S UP FOR HIS TOUR OF DUTY; Midfielder Feels Right at Home in Slovenia

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KOREN'S UP FOR HIS TOUR OF DUTY; Midfielder Feels Right at Home in Slovenia


Byline: ROB TANNER

ROBERT Koren has been employed in several roles during his Albion career, but now he is set to add another string to his bow as a tour guide.

Albion fly out to Koren's native Slovenia today for their pre-season tour and the Albion midfielder is expecting to be the focus of much of the banter from his team-mates.

Albion toured the small central Euro-peastate two years ago and Koren was besieged with light-hearted complaints and tourist requests from his team-mates, and he is expecting more of the same this time.

However, the 28-year-old doesn't mind as Albion went on to clinch the Championship season two years ago after preparing in Slovenia and he is hoping for a repeat this time.

"The banter has already started in the dressing room," said Koren, who was utilised as a holding midfielder, attacking midfielder and on both flanks last season.

"It is good fun and I am sure the lads will enjoy their time in Slovenia, as they did two years ago. In the beginning they are always complaining, but it is just banter and they all enjoy it I think. I hope we will have some nice weather this year and we will prepare ourselves properly.

"That is the main thing really and it doesn't matter where we are. We have some good facilities to train and it is important we prepare ourselves properly.

"We went on to win the title last time we were there and I hope Slovenia proves to be a lucky for us."

It will be a quick return to his homeland for Koren, who spent most of his time in Slovenia following the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League before returning for preseason.

Koren admits the disappointment of demotion hit him hard but the support of his family in Slovenia helped him through it.

"The first couple of days afterwards were very difficult," said Koren, who lives with his wife and young son in Sutton Coldfield. …

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