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Lucas Neill Signs For Everton

Neill Signs In

by Scott McLeod | Thursday 17 September 2009, 19:35

Everton have swooped to secure the services of Lucas Neill.

The Australian defender, who left West Ham United at the end of last season, has joined the Blues on a one year deal and becomes the fourth permanent addition to the squad following the summer signings of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga.

Neill arrived at the Blues’ Finch Farm training complex on Thursday morning to meet David Moyes before completing the move at Goodison Park.

Neill has been handed the number 23 shirt and has been signed in time to be available for Sunday's Premier League encounter against Blackburn, one of the defender's former clubs.

David Moyes' acted swiftly to secure the services of the former-Hammers man following Phil Neville's knee ligament injury sustained at Fulham on Sunday.

Sydney-born Neill - an Australian international - has made 50 appearances for the Socceroos having previously represented his country at Under-20 and Under-23 level.

The 31-year-old, a close friend of Tim Cahill, started his career at Millwall before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2001. He then made over 70 appearances for West Ham during his two-year spell with the east-London club.

Earlier this summer Neill reportedly turned down a one-year contract extension with Gianfranco Zola’s side.

He is allowed to join Everton with immediate effect as Premier League regulations state clubs are permitted to sign unattached players outside of the transfer window.

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Alan Woodward

Alan Woodward

Not a bad signing at all. I dont understand people thinking otherwise. Yes he has high wage demands but im sure Moyes has negotiated a good deal for all parties. With Phil Neville looking likely to be out for a while who else could we have got on a free at the moment. We have needed cover at the back for a while now and think we should all get behind the lad.

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Saturday 19th Sep 2009 16:16

Xenophon Law

Xenophon Law

I have to say I am very surprised by the loaning of a­ good striker in James Vaughan. However, he hasn't played for a while­ and he needs the minutes. With Yakubu back, Jo and Saha­ looking good too, maybe we don't need him at this­ point in time. Besides we can always re-call him when­ required. And good to see Lucas Neill signed. He'll­ be good value (just his wages) I am certain and the extra bodies will­ help us push for trophies. Thanks for choosing the Toffees Lucas. You're the hungry, committed type we need.

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Saturday 19th Sep 2009 14:43

paul ellam

paul ellam

regarding comments made about the club not signing players for the future - we have signed mustafi, garbutt, peterlin and arnoux - all players "for the future". not every player we sign can be 16-18 years old!!! and why all the future talk? lets get a squad together that wins things now!!!! :-)

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Saturday 19th Sep 2009 13:04

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Bruce Millar

Great to have you on board Lucas. A big season with the Blues, topped off with a big world cup for you & Timmy with the 'Roos could be the best year of your life!! COYB!!! P.S. Grosso dived!

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Saturday 19th Sep 2009 07:18

Azlan Soad

Azlan Soad

good signing.. hope gosling get 1st eleven against blackburn.. really dont want hibbo play this season.. you can see when he does'nt playing against aek..we play much better..agree??(broken english ^^)

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Saturday 19th Sep 2009 05:22

Martin Turner

Martin Turner

Poor, poor signing. He's a mercenary signing who has only joined us because nobody would give into his huge wage demands and he didn't want to go begging back to any of the teams he turned down. What's happened to looking to the future with our signings? Not only have we got Elstone thinking the club has spent a fortune on players this summer (the money only became available when Lescott was sold) but we are now signing over rated and over the hill palyers. I know he came on a free, but his wages would have been better keeping hold of Jacobson and Valente

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Friday 18th Sep 2009 18:23

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joseph sage

Chris Trevethan, im just saying my opinion. at the end of the day if he was that good why'd it take him so long to find a club? mainly because he was being greedy looking for the biggest pay day, and he basically got laughed at by most clubs he wanted to sign with. as ive said, now that hes our player i will support him. also im a bit confused as to what moyes will be doing with johnny, i thought he bought him primaraly as a right back.

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Friday 18th Sep 2009 17:50

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Mike Cloherty

Lucas Neill is a very good signing for Everton. He can play in either full back roles or central defence. In fact, it was as a central defender for Australia in the last World Cup finals that he was considered one of the best defenders playing at the World Cup. Australia reached the last sixteen and were only robbed of further progress by an incredibly poor penalty decision in the final moments against Italy, who went on to win the World Cup! Neill is a tough, uncompromising player, who gives everything. He was quickly given the captaincy of West Ham United and Zola did everything to try to keep his captain at Upton Park. Neill could have gone to Sunderland, Fulham, Atletico Madrid or a number of Turkish clubs. It is great that he has chosen to sign for Everton.

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Friday 18th Sep 2009 15:12

Mark Page

Mark Page

welll done david at last some real competition for centre back!! gud playa at the rite age, and ps please stop playin jo x

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Friday 18th Sep 2009 13:48

Gerry Gilroy

Gerry Gilroy

Great acquisition. Just what we need in defence til Jags comes back. More dogs of war needed than dogs chasing tails as in recent games before last night. COYB

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Friday 18th Sep 2009 13:16

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