HONGKONG First Division club Sing Tao have been thwarted in their bid to sign striker Peter Murray for the rest of the season, on loan from rivals Ernest Borel. Sing Tao wanted Murray to boost their strike force for two upcoming knockout competitions - the Viceroy Cup and Hongkong FA Cup. They are also eager to improve on their seventh position in the league. But Borel chairman Thomas Tang Kwok-wah says Murray should remain with his team. ''We have received Sing Tao's proposal but frankly we cannot release him because we might need him soon. ''Murray knows the reason he hasn't been getting a first-team place is lack of fitness, but he is working hard to improve that and had a good workout with the rest of the squad today,'' says Tang. ''He will get his chance to play again - and maybe in our next match.'' Borel recently boosted their overseas contingent to seven with the signing of former Arsenal striker Raphael Meade. Their other central striker, Keith Thompson, has missed the last three matches with a thigh injury but will be available for selection for the next match , in the league, against Instant-Dict on March 11. And Borel are want to take no chances over releasing any of their overseas players as they prepare for their defence of the Viceroy Cup and FA Cup.