The out-of-contract former Manchester United star enjoyed mixed fortunes when he made a guest appearance for the club last month, scoring and earning man-of-the-match honours against TSW Pegasus despite missing a penalty.
Take it away: Butt will play for Hong Kong outfit South China for three months
However, the experience was enough to persuade Butt, a free agent since he left Newcastle United last summer, to spend an extended period with the club.
He will fly out in January and remain in Hong Kong until the beginning of May before returning to start taking his coaching badges.
Head boy: Ex-England star Butt is excited about the prospect of playing in Asia after his guest outing last month
'I had an enjoyable time out there,' he said.
'The experience was good, so I have decided to go for it.'
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