Socceroo Captain Lucas Neill has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season with Championship side Watford FC who currently sit twelfth in the league. The move comes in the wake of rumours linking the former Blackburn Rovers defender to National Premier League side Sydney Olympic.
While being criticized recently for a lack of playing time, signing for the Hertfordshire based side must increase the chances of the current Australian captain finding himself a place in Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos side.
In an interview with the club’s website, Neill highlighted what he thought he could bring to Watford.
“I want to add my experience to the Watford squad and I’m hoping that some of my natural leadership skills can benefit the group here,” Neill told watfordfc.com.
With the World Cup only months away, and with an interrupted season Neill’s motivated to play.
“I’m highly motivated to keep playing. There’s still a huge passion within me for football. I’ve had experience in different territories across recent years.
“But this is a great chance for me to play at an excellent level and help Watford finish the season as strongly as possible.”
It is still believed that 35 year old will not be part of the Ecuador friendly due to lack of matches. The remainder of this season will be Neill’s chance to show that he is still capable of playing at a high level and there’s no better way to do this than breaking in to Watford’s starting XI.
There are fourteen games remaining in Watford’s season for Neill to make his case. It remains to be seen though if that will begin this weekend at Vicarage Road against Blackpool.