Would Lucas Neill be welcomed back to Blackburn Rovers?

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Former Rovers defender Lucas Neill has been training with the club for a few weeks

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has said that there is a possibility Lucas Neill could sign a deal with the club.

Sky Sports have reported that the club are considering bringing Neill back to the club. Since leaving Japanese outfit Omiya Ardija, Neill has been looking for a club to allow him to get some competitive games under his belt in preparation for the World Cup.

Neill is captain of Australia and helped them qualify for this year's competition. However he received some criticism after Australia' successive 6-0 friendly defeats to France and Brazil towards the end of 2013. He needs a club to try and prove he is worthy of a place in Brazil.

Neill was a fantastic player at Ewood Park between 2001 and 2007 making 227 appearances for the club. He became somewhat of a cult hero but left in acrimonious circumstances. Neill rejected a new contract with the club, stating he wanted a new challenge. Liverpool and Chelsea registered their interest in the former Millwall defender, but he eventually joined West Ham United. Reportedly West Ham had offered him a much bigger wage than Liverpool, and Neill was criticised for joining a club in relegation trouble rather than Liverpool who would go on to reach the Champions League final that year.

Seven years have passed now, so would they be ready to welcome him back for their promotion push?

Since West Ham, Neill has had spells with Everton, Galatasaray, Al Jazira, Al Wasl and Syndey FC. With Blackburn losing influential captain Scott Dann on transfer deadline day, the experience of Neill would be a welcome addition to the back four. He was in the stands to watch them beat Blackpool on Saturday, and could be set for a return.

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