Bury’s and Hong Kong’s Dai Wai-Tsun

Dai Wai-Tsun who is known as Tsun Dai in England is a professional Hong Kong footballer currently playing in England’s League 1 with Bury Football club. He is only the second Hong Kong footballer to appear in a professional match in England.

After being released by Reading’s academy he was invited to a trial with Bury, after the trial Bury offered him the chance to join their youth system and since then he has managed to sporadically appear for the first team. Bury fans have earmarked him as a hot prospect for the future if he can continue to perform at the level he has shown, or better still – continue to develop and improve.

Dai got his chance impress former Bury manager Lee Clark in a pre-season friendly against Sunderland with Clark commenting that, “Dai was terrific and it bodes well for the future” while Clark also added, “I want to build a pathway for these young players to get into the team in the short term.”

Dai then came off the bench in Bury’s season opener, a 1-0 win against Walsall. Since then he has managed make a breakthrough of sorts and play 8 games in total this season for the first team, scoring 1 goal in the process. In the meantime, as Dai made his breakthrough; Bury were struggling badly at the wrong end of the table.

That meant Bury manager Lee Clark, who had brought Dai into the first team picture only managed to last eight months, getting the sack on the 30th October 2017. With Clark now gone, he left Bury languishing second bottom in the league with the distinct reality they could drop to League two. As it was Clark who insisted on making sure young players would have a pathway to playing in the first team then a change of manager combined with a precarious situation in the league may have affected Dai’s chances of getting more pitch time.

Aged only 18 he still has plenty of time on his side to become a key player for Bury. A quick trawl through their fan forums and twitter pages shows that Dai is by the fans and  club alike and this was shown when Bury decided to offer Dai his first professional contract, tying him down to Bury Football Club for the next three years.

Dai holds dual UK and Hong Kong nationality which means he has the option of representing either at international level. Hong Kong have been desperately trying to call him up to their senior side but whoever he decides to represent at international level it’s clear that Bury have a gem of a player on their books.  

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