Ex-Fulham striker Barry Hayles unsure of next move

09:31 09 August 2012

Barry Hayles in action for St Albans City

Barry Hayles in action for St Albans City

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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!”

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