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Neill signs short-term Watford deal

Last Updated: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:29

Australia captain Lucas Neill has signed for Watford on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old free agent had been training with the Hornets over the past week or so having previously maintained his fitness levels at former club Blackburn.

Neill most recently played for Omiya Ardija in Japan's J. League and is desperate for match action ahead of Australia's involvement at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Watford boss Beppe Sannino has been impressed with what he has seen of the former Millwall, Blackburn, West Ham and Everton defender and he will now look to nail down a regular starting berth at Vicarage Road.

Neill told the club's official website: "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.

"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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