Apr 13 2012 By Matt Lewis
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HAYES and Yeading’s midfield enforcer Pelé says he owes it to himself to look for a bigger club.
The 33-year-old hit the dizzying heights of the Premier League after he moved from Southampton to West Brom for a fee of £1million in August 2007.
And the Portuguese-born Cape Verde international has set his sights on getting back into the Football League next season.
“I’m 33 now and if I don’t put it in my head that I can play higher then I won’t reach my best level,” he said.
“The most important thing is to help the team at Hayes until the end of the season and, of course, if something else comes I will be grateful for that. I have to see every option.
“I still want to play football so if I have to move somewhere else then I will go. Every player has to think big. If you think to yourself I’m happy with this level then it’s not going to be the same.
“I would like to get back into the Football League of course but I need to help Hayes stay in this league, because if we go down it’s not good for me.”
Pelé signed for Falkirk after his two-year deal with the Baggies expired, but he ruptured his Achilles just two months later and has been plagued by the injury ever since.
He added: “I got the injury in 2010 and I have been working on it for a long time. I was playing in Scotland and that was the start of the downward spiral. Getting an injury like this is the worst thing in football. I was out for 14 months and wasn’t doing anything. It killed me.”
Pelé then headed south, back to the home he had bought in Birmingham while with West Brom, where he turned down a non-contract deal with MK Dons – a decision he says was one of the worst of his career.
“The manager (Karl Robinson) tried to get me to stay but I wanted to get something permanent so I left. It was a huge mistake,” he said.
The midfield anchorman, who can also play in defence, arrived at Kingfield in January and has been an integral part of Nas Bashir’s plans but admits he is still calling in favours from his former team-mates in an attempt to push himself further back up the pyramid.
“My friends try to help me,” he added. “I am still in contact with Chris Brunt at West Brom, who I used to live next door to, and he tries to help. I look at someone like Kevin Phillips who is still playing at a good level at his age.”