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Rovers' Lucas Neill Hope?

There have been a number of comments accredited to Lucas Neill since the World Cup has ended, many of which have deemed to be derogatory towards Blackburn Rovers. It feels as though this prolonged saga is beginning to bore the face of football as fresh information emerges.

For the first time Rovers` ambitious and vociferous stand-in captain has made comments that suggest there is an outside chance he will stay at Rovers and that he is anything but unhappy at the club.

Speaking in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph before the game against Liverpool last weekend, Neill said:

"I'm a professional player. I'll be wanting to do well for two reasons. One: for Blackburn; and two: to stick it up Liverpool. It's as simple as that - although I do mean that in the nicest possible way."

This is the first time that Neill has indicated he still has the best intentions towards Blackburn Rovers. His further comments provide clarity on his frame of mind:

"I'm a Blackburn player, contracted to Blackburn, and unless they tell me otherwise, I will be there from January till May. Then after that, hopefully I'll have opportunities through my performances to move onto bigger and better things. If not, I might have to re-sign for Blackburn."

This will surely prompt Hughes to keep hold of one of his star defenders until the end of the campaign in the hope that nothing will materialize from a 'bigger club`. Initially it would still appear as though Neill`s priority is to move on to 'bigger and better things` but taking what he has said here on face value there is an outside chance he could still re-sign for Rovers. He concluded by saying:

"I had an opportunity to go to Liverpool, it didn't happen, and that was because the deal that was on the table wasn't attractive enough to Blackburn. I don't get a say, the public don't get a say, so therefore I do what I'm told. That's the way it's got to be."

These comments will hopefully provide the Rovers faithful with a few answers to the mounting list of questions surrounding Lucas Neill`s future.

With Newcastle now expressing their interest along with Barcelona and Liverpool for one of the Premiership`s most solid and consistent performers it has to be considered that Neill signing a contract remains a long-shot; but nevertheless it would appear there is hope!


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Writer: Roversman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 19 2006

Time: 11:39AM

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still sounds a bit like he is simply biding his time before leaving though , mind you if you finish the season well enough he may not want to leave ?
dazednconfuzed
Neill is a professional but I cant blame him for hankering after a move to Barcelona, who could?! The two Premier clubs being mentioned are Liverpool, not that much better than Rover @ the min but have the more historical name which still attracts players the other being Newcastle, well wot would be the point in that move it wouldn't be step forward as I they have an awful lot of work to do to get back up to where they believe they belong (thats not a dig as my girl is a Newcastle fan and has said the same) Blackburn as we speak are in a better position than the two mentioned, not just in the league but in terms of opinion, both football wise and public, with very good players being attracted to the club by the style of play and management team. The Rovers of today are a up and coming team that will only go on the bigger and better things
Clint
I agree Clint wholeheartedly with your comments. If Barce did bid for Lucas then I would hope, as long as it is reasonable bid, then Rovers would accept it and give a chance. The comments do continue to suggest he is looking to move but there is that little bit of hope that if a suitable offer didn't come in, which I think Lucas is waiting for, then he would sign a new contract.
roversman
A move to Barcelona would be everyone's dream so I hope that happens if he really does leave. We still have a little hope after his comments, but this is only a little hope... A move to Newcastle would anger the fans as how would that be a step forward? That said if they offered Rovers 5m for him like it is rumoured they will surely they have to take it? But if he didn't want the move then he could refuse.
Hughes Da Man
well thats better coming from neill well compaired to his comments from the last interview
marshinrover
Yes it does sound better than the other stuff we have heard. The problem is we never do know if it is all reported as the players intend and Hughes says himself that comments when away abroad for example can be taken out of context. I suppose although we want to keep him at the end of the day no one is irreplaceable and if he still desires a move in January and the money is right then perhaps cash in!?
Hughes Da Man
i am an australian andam living in australia. lucas said the exact same thing to us here. i dont know what the british press have been printing but they obviously were trying to sell papers. everything that was said to Lancashire Evening Telegraph is nearly word for word what lucas said to the australian press.in no way was he being disrespectful to the club or fans it was just taken out of context.
jordz_7
well thank you for that update jordz_7. I think if he wants a move to a big club bad enough then he himself won't accept anything less.
roversman
Yes jordz_7 that's the point I was getting at, the fact that what players say can sometimes be taken out of context. I'm not saying papers lie and bend the truth, it can sometimes be just a case of crossed wires and them interpreting what is said the wrong way. Neill has always seemed quite the professional I think.
Hughes Da Man
 

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