SOCCER fans could see two Hong Kong First Division old boys - Gary Bannister and Mick Matthews - in action again before the end of the year. Bannister, a former England under-21 striker who had a short spell with Rangers, is negotiating with First Division new boys Golden. The former Queen's Park Rangers and Sheffield United player cannot commit himself to a contract yet as he has signed with the English Third Division side Lincoln City until the end of the season. But Golden president Simon Wan Chi-lok said he was confident he would get the 34-year-old's signature. 'We contacted Bannister through our defender Mike Duxbury and they are very good friends,' Wan said. 'He told Mike he was trying everything he could to terminate his present contract.' Bannister's determination to join Golden has not been affected by his unhappy spell with Rangers - he left the team before the start of the season after failing to come to an agreement on accommodation. Wan was confident the contract would be finalised next Tuesday. Meanwhile, former Kitchee midfielder Mick Matthews confirmed he would return on the same Tuesday to serve his old boss Fred Ng Chi-keung. But this time he will wear a Kui Tan strip. Matthews, 34, rejected Kui Tan's pre-season offer because he was suffering from a leg injury. He later joined a non-league team in England under a temporary contract and decided to return to Hong Kong after he had fully recovered from the injury. Kui Tan chairman Ng said he was looking for one centre forward and one goalkeeeper from England. Ex-Hong Kong Football Club midfielder Stewart Montgomery has returned from the UK and joined the bottom team, Kitchee, for a trial. Kitchee management are believed to be interested in the 25-year-old as, with seven years' residence in the territory, he can register as a local player.