EASTERN are hoping to enlist the help of two of their former stars in a bid to topple J.League champions Verdy Kawasaki in next month's Asian Club Championship. Club convenor Bruce Mok Bong-tung is planning to field midfielder Lo Kai-wah, who has joined Golden and defender Philip Chan Chi-keung, who is now with Rangers, for the first-round, first-leg tie at the Hong Kong Stadium on September 19. Eastern are able to call on their 'old boys' because they are still not registered with the Hong Kong Football Association and are not required to sign on with their new clubs until 48 hours before playing for them. Eastern are not the force they were after they received a double blow in June with sponsors Lai Sun pulling out and manager Peter Leung quitting the team. Almost the entire Eastern playing staff have joined other clubs. Former Eastern skipper Lee Kin-wo and left-back Ricky Cheng Siu-chung, who have both joined arch-rivals South China, have been ruled out of the tie because they have already been registered with the HKFA. Golden and Rangers have given Eastern the go-ahead to use Lo and Chan for the Verdy clash but added that they will have to check the date of the match to see whether it clashes with any of their games. However, it is highly likely that Lo and Chan will have been registered by their new clubs by September 19 as Golden and Rangers will be involved in the seven-a-side President's Cup and could feature in the traditional Aw Hoe Cup curtain-raiser between Eastern and the Rest of the League. Mok said: 'I'm interested in getting two good local players who played for Eastern last season to strengthen our squad. 'I hope they can give us a hand. I'm not too worried about getting the foreign players who used to play for Eastern. 'We can only field three foreign players and we are most likely to field [Dale] Tempest and [Iain] Hesford and another new foreign player,' said Mok, who joined Eastern from rivals South China last month. Meanwhile, Sing Tao's new signing, former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Darren Collier, had his first workout with the Tigers yesterday. Collier, who arrived in the territory on Tuesday and replaces Maurice Munden, is confident of settling into his new surroundings quickly. Sing Tao assistant coach Tang Kam-tim said: 'It wasn't the best of days to start training with a new team with the rain but Darren [Collier] looked quite good. He has pretty good reflexes and he should do well for us.'