FORMER league champions Happy Valley are taking a more professional approach this season as they seek former glories which have been denied them by less than ideal management in recent years. Last season's sixth-placed league finishers have hired a number of key people who could turn the club's fortunes around. Since winning the senior league title back in 1989, Happy Valley have struggled to match their former glories. And despite starting last season on a bright note by winning the seven-a-side President's Cup, Happy Valley just weren't able to fire in the campaign proper. All of that looks set to change now that the pro-Chinese club is being backed by Hong Kong jewellery giants Tse Sui Luen International - one of two principal backers - while hiring a financial and sponsorship consultant and even a sports psychologist. Tse Sui Luen has pledged to donate a gold football if Happy Valley win the league title. Lawrence Yu Kam-kei, formerly the Hong Kong Football Association's chairman, has also been called back to help administer the club despite his busy schedule as chairman of the Hong Kong Community Chest. The club, on a $7 million budget this season, has also hired William Tam, formerly a top administrator with the Hong Kong Sports Institute, to help find sponsors while veteran player Leung Nan-nang will be responsible for getting the players mentally prepared for important matches. Happy Valley have hired a number of Russian players but until now, only three have been cleared to play here. The immigration authorities are working on another three Russians and all six players are expected to arrive in the territory at the end of the month. School teacher Richard Lant will make a return to South China after a season's absence. Lant last played for the Caroliners two years ago.