Thompson keen to stay

QUEEN'S Park Rangers' Garry Thompson will be out to impress when he makes a guest appearance for Hongkong First Division club Michelotti against former English FA Cup winners Wimbledon next month.

Thompson, the 33-year-old elder brother of Ernest Borel striker Keith, will be very much in the shop window on May 15 at Mongkok Stadium as he seeks a contract with a Hongkong league team next season.

The former Coventry and Aston Villa striker will complete his contract with QPR in June and is keen on a move to Hongkong.

Michelotti team manager Sammy Yu, who is co-ordinating the exhibition match, said: ''Garry spoke to me some time ago and expressed interest in playing here and joining Keith.'' Thompson is one of two guest players who have been confirmed to play for Michelotti. The other is Eastern goalkeeper Iain Hesford.

Yu said he expected confirmation soon on the availability of Thompson's QPR clubmate Ray Wilkins; former England international Glenn Hoddle, now Swindon Town player-manager; and possibly Tottenham Hotspur captain Gary Mabbutt; ex-Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett and former Arsenal star Frank Stapleton.

''We are keeping our fingers crossed some of these players can make it. They have all expressed interest in coming. Hoddle will know after his club's second-last match in the English First Division this weekend.


''It would be ideal if both Wilkins and Hoddle can play for us in midfield. They are exactly what we need,'' said Yu.

Yu has confirmed Wimbledon - who stunned Liverpool to win the FA Cup in 1988 - will send a full squad, including former international John Fashanu and midfield hard man Vinny Jones, for the match which is worth $50,000 to the winners.

Sudden death could be adopted if scores are level after regulation time, pending approval from the Hongkong FA and Wimbledon.