Mark Hemmings, Sports editor
Thursday, August 9, 2012
FORMER Fulham striker Barry Hayles is unsure who he will be playing for when the new season kicks-off in nine days time, despite wearing the St Albans City number 10 shirt in a friendly last night (Wednesday).
Hayles turned out for David Howell’s Saints at Clarence Park as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by League One’s Stevenage, one of the 40-year-old’s former clubs.
Speaking to The Herts Advertiser after the match, in which he set up Lewis Toomey’s goal, he said: “I quite enjoyed it, I never had any clear cut chances, but it was one of those games.”
The forward, who Fulham paid Bristol Rovers £2million for in 1998, had not trained with The Saints and arrived ahead of the Stevenage game without meeting his team-mates.
“I just popped in before the game and didn’t know anyone’s name, but I thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said.
“I’ve been fortunate that the phone has rung and I’m trying to decide what I’m going to be doing, the season starts in just over a week and I want to push on for one more season.”
Hayles played more than 150 games for Stevenage before moving to Bristol Rovers and then Fulham in a £2 million deal, helping them into the Premier League.
More recently, he has been scoring the goals that helped Cornish side Truro City up from the Evo-Stik Premier into Blue Square South then kept them there last season.
However, it looks like he will be joining a new club for the 2012/13 season.
“I have been training for Chesham and the manager has been trying tie me down there, but I owed it to David Howell to come and play a game for him, I’ve done that and so we’ll have a chat and go from there.
“I’m ready to go for the season next Saturday, but who for I don’t know yet!”