Caroliners hope Butt plays more than one game

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 November, 2010, 12:00am

Nicky Butt's tenure with South China could be as short as one game after the former Manchester United and England midfielder committed to joining the club for just one week.

The European Cup winner will play for the Caroliners against TSW Pegasus on November 30 at the end of the stint with the club, as he considers a longer-term contract with the multiple league champions.

'I wanted some time out of the game to concentrate on my next step, either in or out of football,' Butt, who retired from the game when he left Newcastle United at the end of last season, said.

'However, I feel fit and when South China approached me to join them for a week's training and a game, the prospect excited me. I could see from their team and commitment to the game that this was something I wanted to be a part of.

'I have been to China many times with Manchester United and England and the reception we received was always unbelievable.

'The development and growth of Asian football since 2002 has been phenomenal and can be seen from the influence of Asian players in the Premiership. I am really looking forward to this new experience and the challenges it will bring.'

South China chairman Steven Lo Kit-sing is hoping to convince Butt to stay and help convert domestic dominance into success at Asian level.

'I am excited to meet Nicky and discuss with him about playing for South China for the remainder of the season, during which the AFC Cup is our goal,' Lo said.