Former Blackburn Rovers defender Lucas Neill signs for Watford

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LUCAS Neill has joined Blackburn Rovers’ Championship rivals Watford.

The free agent had been hoping to win a short-team deal with his former club Rovers.

But Rovers boss Gary Bowyer last week revealed the Australia captain, 35, was no longer training with the club.

And this afternoon the Hornets confirmed they have signed Neill on a contract until the end of the season subject to international clearance.

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6:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Dukes says...

Guess watford will paying him a good wage here. I thought he was going to sign at Blackburn but GB must have got worried about his wages LOL let him go.
Guess watford will paying him a good wage here. I thought he was going to sign at Blackburn but GB must have got worried about his wages LOL let him go. Dukes

6:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Never thought he would sign, GB has been signing young hungry players not those that leave to play for Liverpool until West Ham offer £60.00 a week!!!
Never thought he would sign, GB has been signing young hungry players not those that leave to play for Liverpool until West Ham offer £60.00 a week!!! Lancs - pensioner

6:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

eddyo says...

Who gives a toss about Liverpool?
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90% of people would leave for more money at a different company.
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Oooh, I would work for you for nothing! For the privilege! Only fans come out with such tripe. Dunny and Derbyshire are 2 of our own who soon realised football is a job and they are just an asset - until they are written-off without a second thought.
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Good luck to you Lucas.
Who gives a toss about Liverpool? * 90% of people would leave for more money at a different company. * Oooh, I would work for you for nothing! For the privilege! Only fans come out with such tripe. Dunny and Derbyshire are 2 of our own who soon realised football is a job and they are just an asset - until they are written-off without a second thought. * Good luck to you Lucas. eddyo

7:11pm Mon 24 Feb 14

kazluvsrovers says...

Does anyone know when the Rovers v Brighton game is now please?
Does anyone know when the Rovers v Brighton game is now please? kazluvsrovers

7:37pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

eddyo wrote:
Who gives a toss about Liverpool?
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90% of people would leave for more money at a different company.
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Oooh, I would work for you for nothing! For the privilege! Only fans come out with such tripe. Dunny and Derbyshire are 2 of our own who soon realised football is a job and they are just an asset - until they are written-off without a second thought.
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Good luck to you Lucas.
And your attitude sir is why thousands are now not interested in football anymore!! Your like the stuck up footballers who your quite right don't give a toss are ruining the game IMO. Try asking a nurse would she leave, try asking a fireman if he would leave, no they won't because they can't, so I'll change your message for friend.
Good luck money grabber,
[quote][p][bold]eddyo[/bold] wrote: Who gives a toss about Liverpool? * 90% of people would leave for more money at a different company. * Oooh, I would work for you for nothing! For the privilege! Only fans come out with such tripe. Dunny and Derbyshire are 2 of our own who soon realised football is a job and they are just an asset - until they are written-off without a second thought. * Good luck to you Lucas.[/p][/quote]And your attitude sir is why thousands are now not interested in football anymore!! Your like the stuck up footballers who your quite right don't give a toss are ruining the game IMO. Try asking a nurse would she leave, try asking a fireman if he would leave, no they won't because they can't, so I'll change your message for friend. Good luck money grabber, Lancs - pensioner

8:25pm Mon 24 Feb 14

French Rover says...

Good luck to Lucas Neill who is just looking for one last payday on his way to getting back in the Aussie team for the World Cup. Nowt wrong with that.

I still think he was the last decent RB we had at Ewood, always good on the overlap, tough in the tackle, and a solid defender in every way. Wish we had a younger Lucas Neill now!

Guess he must have asked for too much this time - and no way were the club ever going to pay any player over the odds again....good decision I think but it was still worth looking at the possibility though.
Good luck to Lucas Neill who is just looking for one last payday on his way to getting back in the Aussie team for the World Cup. Nowt wrong with that. I still think he was the last decent RB we had at Ewood, always good on the overlap, tough in the tackle, and a solid defender in every way. Wish we had a younger Lucas Neill now! Guess he must have asked for too much this time - and no way were the club ever going to pay any player over the odds again....good decision I think but it was still worth looking at the possibility though. French Rover

9:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

azza234 says...

Well one thing is for sure people will see what he does for watford for the time he is there he should be able to help there defence out we shall see.
Well one thing is for sure people will see what he does for watford for the time he is there he should be able to help there defence out we shall see. azza234

9:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

azza234 says...

And as someone said above lots of players leave clubs for other clubs who offer them more money as almost everyone here would leave there current job for another with more money.
And as someone said above lots of players leave clubs for other clubs who offer them more money as almost everyone here would leave there current job for another with more money. azza234

10:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

realisticrover says...

Lancs Pensioner...
thousands not interested in football anymore??
Really? :)
Lancs Pensioner... thousands not interested in football anymore?? Really? :) realisticrover

11:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

owd nick says...

French Rover wrote:
Good luck to Lucas Neill who is just looking for one last payday on his way to getting back in the Aussie team for the World Cup. Nowt wrong with that.

I still think he was the last decent RB we had at Ewood, always good on the overlap, tough in the tackle, and a solid defender in every way. Wish we had a younger Lucas Neill now!

Guess he must have asked for too much this time - and no way were the club ever going to pay any player over the odds again....good decision I think but it was still worth looking at the possibility though.
Seconded, He did a great job for us while he was here, always gave 100%.

It's OK critisising players for moving on but the rewards are potentially massive and we live in an avaricious world.

I think we have to play them again, if he plays I hope he has a crap game! lol
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Good luck to Lucas Neill who is just looking for one last payday on his way to getting back in the Aussie team for the World Cup. Nowt wrong with that. I still think he was the last decent RB we had at Ewood, always good on the overlap, tough in the tackle, and a solid defender in every way. Wish we had a younger Lucas Neill now! Guess he must have asked for too much this time - and no way were the club ever going to pay any player over the odds again....good decision I think but it was still worth looking at the possibility though.[/p][/quote]Seconded, He did a great job for us while he was here, always gave 100%. It's OK critisising players for moving on but the rewards are potentially massive and we live in an avaricious world. I think we have to play them again, if he plays I hope he has a crap game! lol owd nick

12:03am Tue 25 Feb 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Good luck to him, He would have been ok as a stand by for injuries but I assume he wants to play regular football and then there would be the money issues relating to his pay etc. Anyway I would prefer one of the young boys to be given the opportunity to stand in for cover if possible.
Good luck to him, He would have been ok as a stand by for injuries but I assume he wants to play regular football and then there would be the money issues relating to his pay etc. Anyway I would prefer one of the young boys to be given the opportunity to stand in for cover if possible. A Rover 45 years and over

8:34am Tue 25 Feb 14

A Darener says...

realisticrover wrote:
Lancs Pensioner...
thousands not interested in football anymore??
Really? :)
It is not that they are not interested, it is that they don't attend matches. Various reasons can be put forward. It costs too much, they don't like the owners of the clubs, they don't like the prima donna's being paid obscene amounts of money etc etc.
Just think of the money Sir Tom Finney used to get for entertaining thousands week in week out and the money now paid to Wayne Rooney. Who sometimes cannot be bothered. Football is now a rich man's game.
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Lancs Pensioner... thousands not interested in football anymore?? Really? :)[/p][/quote]It is not that they are not interested, it is that they don't attend matches. Various reasons can be put forward. It costs too much, they don't like the owners of the clubs, they don't like the prima donna's being paid obscene amounts of money etc etc. Just think of the money Sir Tom Finney used to get for entertaining thousands week in week out and the money now paid to Wayne Rooney. Who sometimes cannot be bothered. Football is now a rich man's game. A Darener

9:12am Tue 25 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

realisticrover wrote:
Lancs Pensioner...
thousands not interested in football anymore??
Really? :)
Sorry should have said "are" losing interest, any bad publicity takes a few fans away each time!
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Lancs Pensioner... thousands not interested in football anymore?? Really? :)[/p][/quote]Sorry should have said "are" losing interest, any bad publicity takes a few fans away each time! Lancs - pensioner

10:00am Tue 25 Feb 14

owd nick says...

A Darener wrote:
realisticrover wrote:
Lancs Pensioner...
thousands not interested in football anymore??
Really? :)
It is not that they are not interested, it is that they don't attend matches. Various reasons can be put forward. It costs too much, they don't like the owners of the clubs, they don't like the prima donna's being paid obscene amounts of money etc etc.
Just think of the money Sir Tom Finney used to get for entertaining thousands week in week out and the money now paid to Wayne Rooney. Who sometimes cannot be bothered. Football is now a rich man's game.
You forget that football is a business and especially at the top it is run by extremely astute businessmen.

While the sums players like Rooney are getting appear obscene consider this;

- His contract was coming to an end, if it had been allowed to run it's course United would have got a fraction of his value due to the Bosman rules.
- Now they have tied him to a contract they can name their price if or when some other team comes sniffing around.
- United have a huge worldwide following and top players sell replica shirts and other merchandise, they attract sponsors.
- etc; etc; etc.

In other words like him or not he is an extremely valuable asset and to keep him they have to pay the going rate.

United will get their money back in spades one way or another.

You can't complain about the cost of watching Rovers or to be honest most other clubs apart from the ludicrously priced London clubs, or do you still expect to pay 2s6p to get in? :-)

My point is there is absolutely no point looking backwards because you are not comparing like for like, if Tom Finney was the same age as Rooney today he would quite rightly be on a similar contract with a big club.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Lancs Pensioner... thousands not interested in football anymore?? Really? :)[/p][/quote]It is not that they are not interested, it is that they don't attend matches. Various reasons can be put forward. It costs too much, they don't like the owners of the clubs, they don't like the prima donna's being paid obscene amounts of money etc etc. Just think of the money Sir Tom Finney used to get for entertaining thousands week in week out and the money now paid to Wayne Rooney. Who sometimes cannot be bothered. Football is now a rich man's game.[/p][/quote]You forget that football is a business and especially at the top it is run by extremely astute businessmen. While the sums players like Rooney are getting appear obscene consider this; - His contract was coming to an end, if it had been allowed to run it's course United would have got a fraction of his value due to the Bosman rules. - Now they have tied him to a contract they can name their price if or when some other team comes sniffing around. - United have a huge worldwide following and top players sell replica shirts and other merchandise, they attract sponsors. - etc; etc; etc. In other words like him or not he is an extremely valuable asset and to keep him they have to pay the going rate. United will get their money back in spades one way or another. You can't complain about the cost of watching Rovers or to be honest most other clubs apart from the ludicrously priced London clubs, or do you still expect to pay 2s6p to get in? :-) My point is there is absolutely no point looking backwards because you are not comparing like for like, if Tom Finney was the same age as Rooney today he would quite rightly be on a similar contract with a big club. owd nick

12:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

A Darener wrote:
realisticrover wrote:
Lancs Pensioner...
thousands not interested in football anymore??
Really? :)
It is not that they are not interested, it is that they don't attend matches. Various reasons can be put forward. It costs too much, they don't like the owners of the clubs, they don't like the prima donna's being paid obscene amounts of money etc etc.
Just think of the money Sir Tom Finney used to get for entertaining thousands week in week out and the money now paid to Wayne Rooney. Who sometimes cannot be bothered. Football is now a rich man's game.
Hi D
Your correct there are lots of reasons people eventually get put of football, expense I would say is the main one. I do go to some (not all) home matches, again in my case cost does come into it with traveling and everything. I do try to take every advantage I can get to watch my team, Sky sports news, Sky sports football (in the pub) I come on here and enjoy the banter (with most folk) I tape the FL show on Saturday night and watch it Sunday morning, all things that don't cost a lot but I do enjoy, I do feel football is now a money and more money game, the players do live on another planet to us but hey that's the world we live in and we all get by the best we can.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Lancs Pensioner... thousands not interested in football anymore?? Really? :)[/p][/quote]It is not that they are not interested, it is that they don't attend matches. Various reasons can be put forward. It costs too much, they don't like the owners of the clubs, they don't like the prima donna's being paid obscene amounts of money etc etc. Just think of the money Sir Tom Finney used to get for entertaining thousands week in week out and the money now paid to Wayne Rooney. Who sometimes cannot be bothered. Football is now a rich man's game.[/p][/quote]Hi D Your correct there are lots of reasons people eventually get put of football, expense I would say is the main one. I do go to some (not all) home matches, again in my case cost does come into it with traveling and everything. I do try to take every advantage I can get to watch my team, Sky sports news, Sky sports football (in the pub) I come on here and enjoy the banter (with most folk) I tape the FL show on Saturday night and watch it Sunday morning, all things that don't cost a lot but I do enjoy, I do feel football is now a money and more money game, the players do live on another planet to us but hey that's the world we live in and we all get by the best we can. Lancs - pensioner

11:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Hairboy says...

Speaking of which... I really don't understand why there's no coverage of the Championship available outside of UK!?

- Rovers Player.... UK5 a month gets me radio coverage and match highlights after the game
- Setanta.... for UK10 a month I get to see a live Rovers game about 5 times a season....

I'd instantly subscribe to a service that let me watch more Championship matches live - or even just a weekly highlights package! ...and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only person in the world?!
Speaking of which... I really don't understand why there's no coverage of the Championship available outside of UK!? - Rovers Player.... UK5 a month gets me radio coverage and match highlights after the game - Setanta.... for UK10 a month I get to see a live Rovers game about 5 times a season.... I'd instantly subscribe to a service that let me watch more Championship matches live - or even just a weekly highlights package! ...and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only person in the world?! Hairboy

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