LOCAL women's clubs are looking to the mainland to breathe life into their struggling Ladies Football League which has been ignored by football fans for the past four decades. Pao Dao, one of the five sides in the league, signed the former Chinese national midfielder Zhang Weiwei from Dalian last month to compete in the single round, robin league which will end this Sunday. The Hong Kong Ladies' Football Association (HKLFA) president Veronica Chan said yesterday there would also be a 26-year-old Beijing forward, who represented China in 1993, coming to train with one of the local sides. 'Mainland Chinese national players are of very high standard,' said Chan. 'They can lift the standard of local ladies' football to attract more supporters and concerns from the public.' According to the HKLFA regulations, each team can include five expatriate players in their lineups. 'The HKLFA always encourages the teams to recruit expats but right now only Pao Dao have done so,' Chan said. But Hong Kong national midfielder Chan Shuk-chee and coach of the leading league side Kwai Tsing said the overall impact of the mainland Chinese players was limited. 'They come here for the league which lasts for only five weeks,' said Chan Shuk-chee. 'The local players don't have much time to learn from them.'