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Neill cut by Al Jazira

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 Jun 2012

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A-League clubs will be licking their lips at the prospect of a return home from Lucas Neill, after he was cut by his UAE team Al Jazira.

The Australia captain was let go on Saturday after weeks of speculation over his future with the Gulf club, who also sacked their Brazilian coach Caio Junior, with the news finally broken by Al Jazira board member Hamad Al Suwaidi.

Standing in the way of a return to Australia could be the 34-year-old’s wage demands, with Neill reportedly earning 1.5 million Australian dollars from his nine-month stint in the UAE Pro-League, where the former Blackburn and West Ham man landed after a stint with Turkish club Galatasaray.

There have been rumours Neill may be keen to secure a move to another Gulf club, with reported interest from Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr.

The move comes as a blow for the defender, who said in early May he had enjoyed his spell in the Pro-League.

“I’ve been really pleased with the way things have gone and really excited for the future too,” he said.

“I think this season has been a wonderful one both on and off the pitch.”

Neill should lead the Socceroos in their friendly with Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday.

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