Goalkeeper Iain Hesford warned yesterday he might be forced to leave Hong Kong soccer because he would not be able to pass the Hong Kong Football Association's summer physical fitness test. The Sing Tao 'keeper was responding to the HKFA council's decision that all players must pass the physical test between August 21 and 23 before they can play in the First Division. Most of the players must run at least 3,200 metres in 12 minutes, while goalkeepers and three local players from each team will have to run 200 metres less in the 12-minute run. The test will also include short sprints, but the standard is still to be fixed. Players have to take the second test in January to go on playing in the second half of the season. 'There's no way I can pass the test. If I fail, I will go back to England,' said the 37-year-old 'keeper. 'The test itself is ridiculous. It's not a new thing to me. I tried similar tests before when I was playing in England and I never passed. I can run 12 minutes non-stop but I would never be able to complete as much as 3,000 metres. 'I've played more than 800 competitive games in the England First and Second divisions, at international level and in Hong Kong in the past 21 years. I've proved that I am a capable 'keeper without the tests. 'I am a 'keeper, not an athlete. A 'keeper who can run 3,000 metres in 12 minutes is not necessarily a good 'keeper. The most important thing is whether he can catch the ball properly.' The former England Under-21 international said he would not even try to reach the standard. 'I've never passed any test but have been playing for the past two decades. Why should I start doing it [trying to pass the test] now?' asked the ex-Hull City 'keeper. 'I can handle 50, 60 shots non-stop. That's no problem for me, but running 3,000 metres is not going to make my hands better.' The test for 'keepers has also failed to gain a positive response from club coaches. Sing Tao technical adviser Sin Tik-hung, who used to coach Chinese Professional League side Guangzhou Apollo, said the 'keepers should not be tested. 'Goalkeepers are different to the out-field players. Goalkeepers don't have to run so much on the field,' said Sin. 'Even the Chinese international 'keeper Ou Chuliang may not be able to pass the test. That's why 'keepers in China don't have to take the test.' Sin urged the players to be more spontaneous in preparing for the test. 'The mainland players are more spontaneous. They start training on their own once the season finishes. They run every day to keep their form because they are fully aware that they would lose their job if they fail the test,' Sin said. 'There's no secret to success. If they want to pass the test, they should start doing something now.' South China coach Wong Man-wai said the HKFA should be careful with the time of the test. 'If the test is to be carried out in the afternoon, it will be a great problem for the new foreign players because of the heat and the humidity,' said Wong.