250 Premier League game defender signs for Championship club to boost World Cup chances

Watford have signed former Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Everton defender Lucas Neill until the end of the season

Giussepe Sannino has added strength and significant experience to his defence with the signing of Australia captain Lucas Neill.

Watford will be glad to have another defender on board with Fitz Hall out injured and Joel Ekstrand suspended for the next two games after receiving his tenth yellow card at the weekend. 35-year-old Neill arrives having spent the majority of his career playing in England.

He was at Millwall for six years from the age of 17 and impressed enough to warrant a move to Blackburn Rovers for £650,000. He became captain at Ewood Park and established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League. However he had further ambitions and wanted to move on from Blackburn. Despite reportedly having an offer from Liverpool on the table, he moved to West Ham United. He was accused of moving to Upton Park for more money, but claimed Liverpool had not made him feel wanted.

Further moves to Everton and Galatasaray followed and in the last two and a half years he has played in the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and back in his homeland.

He is still the Australia captain but as he was without a club for the last few months it looked as if he would not be included in the squad. He was also partly blamed for their recent 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France but will hope he can impress at Vicarage Road to earn his place in the Socceroos World Cup squad.

On joining The Hornets, Neill spoke to the official club website. "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.

"I've spent 14 years of my career in England and my family are based here.

"I took up challenges in different countries because I wanted some new experiences - but this is a great chance for me to play at an excellent level and help Watford finish the season as strongly as possible."


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