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Watford announce signing of Australia captain Lucas Neill

Watford announce the signing of Australia captain Lucas Neill on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Watford have announced the short-term signing of Australia captain Lucas Neill.

The 35-year-old defender, who spent 14 years in England, predominantly with Millwall and Blackburn Rovers, between 1995 and 2010, joins the Hornets until the end of the season.

"I'm highly motivated to keep playing," Neill told Watford's official website. "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."

Neill was recently linked with a return to Blackburn and also reportedly held talks with Australian side Sydney Olympic.

He is set to travel to Brazil for this summer's World Cup, where Australia have been drawn in a difficult group with defending champions Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.

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