Dale Tempest has brought the curtain down on his glittering Hong Kong football career after accepting a 'dream job' in England as public relations manager for his old club, Huddersfield Town. The free-scoring former South China striker - one of the most popular foreign players ever to play in Hong Kong - started his new career with the English First Division outfit this week. Tempest, who completed his ninth season in Hong Kong this year, told Sports Post he wanted to move back to England to be closer to his family following the death of his mother in April. The 34-year-old had been surprisingly released by South China as part of a mass clear-out at the end of the season. Although he had received offers from several other Hong Kong clubs, Tempest said he believed the time was right to hang up his boots. He said he 'could not wait' to start his new career. 'When my mum died in April, I started thinking then about going back to England. When I was released by South China, I put out a few feelers to see what my prospects were like,' Tempest said yesterday. 'My decision to come back coincided with Huddersfield deciding to create a new post of public relations manager . . . we sat down and had a talk and I accepted,' he added. 'In the end there wasn't really a decision to make - my wife and children have been here for the past couple of years and our house is a 40-minute drive away in Wetherby. 'My dad lives just down the road, and of course I'm back at a club where I used to play when I was younger. Like I said, it wasn't difficult to make the decision once the job was offered,' he added. Tempest, who during his time in Hong Kong studied for a sports management degree at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and also did public relations work for brewers San Miguel, said he had not wanted to finish his playing career in England. 'I didn't fancy coming back to England and knocking about in the conference or the lower leagues - I wanted to make a complete break from playing,' Tempest said. 'This is exactly the sort of job I wanted - I can use the skills that I learned in Hong Kong when I wasn't playing. Everything has worked out well.' Tempest arrived in Hong Kong in 1989 after a career in Europe that took in spells with Fulham, Huddersfield, Gillingham, Colchester and Belgian side Lokeren. He started his Hong Kong career with South China before joining Eastern. He moved briefly to Kitchee before returning to Eastern and was an integral part of their successful spell in the early 1990s when they won three league titles in a row. The collapse of Eastern in 1995 marked the beginning of the end, however. Tempest stayed on at the club as player-coach for the 1995-1996 season before returning to South China - helping them to the league title in 1997 - before his contract was terminated this year. His last game for the Caroliners - and his last appearance in front of a Hong Kong crowd - came during South China's 3-0 defeat in the end-of-season play-off against Happy Valley. Tempest also represented Hong Kong at full international level, qualifying under FIFA's seven-year residency rule and played in last year's World Cup qualifying campaign. He also regularly appeared for the Hong Kong League XI in various Lunar New Year tournaments. 'I will go away with some fantastic memories. I'm pleased that I played in the Carlsberg Cup this year . . . I had a feeling before the tournament that it was probably going to be my last big event like that and beating Chile was tremendous. 'It was good to go out with that still fresh in my mind,' he said, referring to the Hong Kong League XI's 3-1 victory over the South Americans. 'Of course I am a bit sad to be leaving but it was time for a change and there is no doubt in my mind that I've made the right decision.' he said.