Watford loan out Lucas Neill to Doncaster Rovers a month after he arrives

Lucas Neill's only Watford outing was as a 84th minute substitute against Barnsley. Picture: Dave Peters.

Lucas Neill's only Watford outing was as a 84th minute substitute against Barnsley. Picture: Dave Peters.

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Watford defender Lucas Neill has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan until April 22 - just over a month after he signed for the Hornets.

Neill was signed by the club for two reasons; one as defensive cover due to the Hornets' lack of defenders and also for his leadership qualities, which the Golden Boys have lacked this season.

However, the Australian national team captain has only played six minutes as a substitute, although he has been in the 18-man squad for all five matches.

It was made clear when Neill joined the Golden Boys on February 24 that playing regular football was a priority for the 36-year-old as he attempts to secure his place at a third World Cup this summer.

But with Tommie Hoban, Essaid Belkalem and Joel Ekstrand returning to full fitness, Neill found competition for the three centre back places even tougher.

Neill had been training at his former club Blackburn Rovers for six weeks but they were unable to offer him the first-team opportunities he was hoping for.

At the time of signing for the Golden Boys, the former Millwall man revealed there were a few Championship clubs and others abroad who were keen to acquire his services. But said he wanted a Championship club with play-off ambitions and claimed there were only two or three of those.

Neill knows Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury and technical director Gian Luca Nani from their time together at West Ham and they were happy to give him a trial.

When he joined club sources said the coaching staff had been impressed with not only Neill's performances in training but also the way he conducted himself around their London Colney base.

We understand he is on a very modest wage at Watford, with performance incentives based around reaching the play-offs, and that Doncaster are paying all of his wages during the loan spell.

Neill has been capped 96 times by the Socceroos but was left out of the last squad shortly after signing for the Golden Boys.

He spent 14 years playing in England, with spells at Millwall, West Ham, Blackburn and Everton before he left to join Galatasaray for 18 months.

Neill subsequently moved to the UAE, whilst his family remained in England, with stints at Al Jazira, who are run by Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, and Al Wasl before briefly returning home to Australian side Sydney before having a four-month stay at Japanese side Omiya Ardija.

Read Lucas Neill's interview with the Watford Observer from when he joined the club here.

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2:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Bizarre ! How many games left after 22/4 ? Presume Nani recruited him and Beppe has said "fine, but no way I'm playing him" ! ....
Bizarre ! How many games left after 22/4 ? Presume Nani recruited him and Beppe has said "fine, but no way I'm playing him" ! .... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Wed 26 Mar 14

hemelhorn87 says...

Martin Devaney.
Martin Devaney. hemelhorn87
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Wed 26 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

This is the Nail in Nani's coffin
This is the Nail in Nani's coffin jasonwatford
  • Score: -9

3:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

soulfulhornet says...

jasonwatford wrote:
This is the Nail in Nani's coffin
Not necessarily so. Neill was a shot to nothing as they say. With low wages and no long term commitmment, Sannino took a look at him and felt we didn't need him. Nothing ventured and nothing gained (or lost).
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: This is the Nail in Nani's coffin[/p][/quote]Not necessarily so. Neill was a shot to nothing as they say. With low wages and no long term commitmment, Sannino took a look at him and felt we didn't need him. Nothing ventured and nothing gained (or lost). soulfulhornet
  • Score: 7

3:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Meadey39 says...

Can someone tell me who is running this club. Is Sannino maanger? is it Gianluca Nani? Is Scott Duxbury in complete control of the club? Or is it the Pozzo's? I thought the idea of the club is that the club identifies players it needs and the manager/ head coach fits them into the system he wants to play. Or are we just being used as a club to develop Udinese players and then they get sold for a profit. I have no idea who is in charge of Watford anymore.
Can someone tell me who is running this club. Is Sannino maanger? is it Gianluca Nani? Is Scott Duxbury in complete control of the club? Or is it the Pozzo's? I thought the idea of the club is that the club identifies players it needs and the manager/ head coach fits them into the system he wants to play. Or are we just being used as a club to develop Udinese players and then they get sold for a profit. I have no idea who is in charge of Watford anymore. Meadey39
  • Score: -14

3:21pm Wed 26 Mar 14

StotfoldHornet says...

This is all quite confusing.... Short term loan deals really does need to be looked at as a whole... not just Watford

My own opinion but i really dislike the load system, what is the point of transfer windows.... teams appear to be able to loan players all the way through the season.... and then able to loan out a loanee!!!

Squads should be big enough that there shouldnt be any transfer window at all.... Managers, directors or whoever it may be should live or die by the squad they put together in closed season.... end off!... like i say.... just my opinion
This is all quite confusing.... Short term loan deals really does need to be looked at as a whole... not just Watford My own opinion but i really dislike the load system, what is the point of transfer windows.... teams appear to be able to loan players all the way through the season.... and then able to loan out a loanee!!! Squads should be big enough that there shouldnt be any transfer window at all.... Managers, directors or whoever it may be should live or die by the squad they put together in closed season.... end off!... like i say.... just my opinion StotfoldHornet
  • Score: 2

3:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

StotfoldHornet wrote:
This is all quite confusing.... Short term loan deals really does need to be looked at as a whole... not just Watford

My own opinion but i really dislike the load system, what is the point of transfer windows.... teams appear to be able to loan players all the way through the season.... and then able to loan out a loanee!!!

Squads should be big enough that there shouldnt be any transfer window at all.... Managers, directors or whoever it may be should live or die by the squad they put together in closed season.... end off!... like i say.... just my opinion
Still time to get another 3 or 4 in before the window closes on Thursday !
[quote][p][bold]StotfoldHornet[/bold] wrote: This is all quite confusing.... Short term loan deals really does need to be looked at as a whole... not just Watford My own opinion but i really dislike the load system, what is the point of transfer windows.... teams appear to be able to loan players all the way through the season.... and then able to loan out a loanee!!! Squads should be big enough that there shouldnt be any transfer window at all.... Managers, directors or whoever it may be should live or die by the squad they put together in closed season.... end off!... like i say.... just my opinion[/p][/quote]Still time to get another 3 or 4 in before the window closes on Thursday ! Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 5

3:31pm Wed 26 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Yew kan tipe wot yew loke heer az thee spolling iz offal.
Yew kan tipe wot yew loke heer az thee spolling iz offal. gloryhornet4
  • Score: -2

3:34pm Wed 26 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

The transfer window is just a way of making smaller clubs accept sh1t money for a player in the last year of his contract.

So brought in to use to avoid disruption to the season and now a rich clubs pickings at the expense of the rest.
The transfer window is just a way of making smaller clubs accept sh1t money for a player in the last year of his contract. So brought in to use to avoid disruption to the season and now a rich clubs pickings at the expense of the rest. gloryhornet4
  • Score: -4

7:46am Thu 27 Mar 14

endean2 says...

This one transaction says it all for our transfer policy.
A TOTAL JOKE, WE ARE MAKING FOOLS OF THE CLUB
AND THE SUPPORTERS
This one transaction says it all for our transfer policy. A TOTAL JOKE, WE ARE MAKING FOOLS OF THE CLUB AND THE SUPPORTERS endean2
  • Score: 2

8:59am Thu 27 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

endean2 wrote:
This one transaction says it all for our transfer policy.
A TOTAL JOKE, WE ARE MAKING FOOLS OF THE CLUB
AND THE SUPPORTERS
I quite agree with you, this revolving door policy has got to stop, it's not good for building team spirit.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: This one transaction says it all for our transfer policy. A TOTAL JOKE, WE ARE MAKING FOOLS OF THE CLUB AND THE SUPPORTERS[/p][/quote]I quite agree with you, this revolving door policy has got to stop, it's not good for building team spirit. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

9:45am Thu 27 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

jasonwatford wrote:
This is the Nail in Nani's coffin
Let's hope so. My head's spinning
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: This is the Nail in Nani's coffin[/p][/quote]Let's hope so. My head's spinning SAHornet
  • Score: 1

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