Hong Kong entices Hayes

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The whirlwind career of South Coast Wolves star Steve Hayes has taken another turn, with the midfielder agreeing to a move to Hong Kong.

Hayes will join First Division League side Hong Kong Rangers FC today, just a day before the Wolves play their first game of the pre-season cup.

Rangers approached the former Wolves skipper less than a week ago and inked a deal before the transfer window shut yesterday.

The contract will keep Hayes, who turns 29 today, at the club until season's end in May.

"It been in the pipeline for a little bit and it is something that I have been trying to do," Hayes said.

"I was looking at going overseas again and Hong Kong was a place that appealed to me.

"It is easy to live in and the league itself is developing.

"It opens a few more doors for me so I can't wait to get over there."

Hayes has previously spent time overseas in Singapore and India and will call on that Asian football experience when he fronts up at the mid-table Rangers next week.

"It is different, the Asian style of football, but you just adapt the best you can," Hayes said.

"It is literally all about adapting to the environment as much as you can. I will change little things to the style and how the coach likes to play."

With just eleven games remaining in the First Division League season, Hayes will only have a short time to prove himself in Rangers colours.

When his contract runs out in May, a position back on the South Coast Wolves roster is still an option.

"I spoke to Lloydy [Wolves coach Richard Lloyd] and the Wolves board and they understood my intentions for this year and in my own football career," Hayes said.

"They have been really supportive and wished me the best of luck, and offered a spot for me when I come back, so that will be great if it is still there."

Hayes isn't the only player on the way out of the Wolves before the new campaign.

Off-season recruit Nuno Pires has been released by the club via mutual consent due to work commitments.

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