Neill confident he'll find club

England, Japan, America, Australia? The world would seem to be his oyster, if you listen to Socceroo veteran Lucas Neill as he lists the places where interest has been expressed in his services in this January transfer window.

But the reality is that the national team captain remains, in football terms, a non-aligned state.

While Neill's overall CV is impressive, the most recent entries are not. He is in Australia spruiking the 2015 Asian Cup, for which he is, literally, the competition poster boy as one of the AFC's ''captain ambassadors''.

That fact he is doing that rather than clinching a deal with a new club is perhaps telling. While he had a brief spell with Sydney FC this time last year, there appears to be little interest this time round.

He is training with one of his former clubs, English Championship side Blackburn Rovers, and admitted on Thursday he would love to rejoin them on a permanent basis - or at least for the next six months or so.

Neill, who turns 36 in March, has set his sights on leading Australia in a third World Cup in Brazil this year.

But Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has made it clear that he is no respecter of reputations.

If the skipper is not playing regularly, at a good level, it is unlikely his years of previous service will cut any ice with the new boss.

Still, Neill is adamant he can do a job for club and country - in the latter case, right through to the Asian Cup, which kicks off in Melbourne in January 2015.

''My goal is to secure a six-month or year contract in a team where I know I am going to play and play regularly,'' he says.''

''The manager [Postecoglou] says he wants players who are fit and in form in strong leagues. It's why I chose not to rest in December but go back and train with my old club Blackburn to make sure I was in the best possible shape for any suitor that comes along.

''I am starting to get a few calls from America, parts of Europe and Asia, we are just trying to work out how serious some of those calls are, and look to secure a contract as soon as possible.''

Neill spent six years at Blackburn before leaving the Lancashire side in a controversial decision to join West Ham rather than Liverpool and was criticised in England for putting money first. But, he says, he has fond memories of his time at Ewood Park and would love to rekindle the relationship.

''I would jump at the chance to stay with Rovers, but their problem is that they have too many players,'' he said. ''They had a Premier League squad that are now trying to cull down to a Championship squad.

''I love the surroundings, I loved my time there. They are a strong Championship team with ambitions of being promoted again. I definitely feel I could add value to that squad, and if the door was open I definitely would walk through.''

His most recent berth was in the J-League, with Omiya Ardija, and it might be the Japanese competition which could serve his interests best - if he finds a club interested. It kicks off again in March, and the standard is high, so he would be fit and playing at a good level.

''There are noises coming out of America, and a couple of clubs in Japan in the top J-League have said they would be interested in considering me as their Asian player. I am determined and would love the chance to do that and do another year in the J-League.''

Plenty have scoffed at Neill's ambitions, arguing he should accept the inevitable decline that comes with age and read the writing on the wall as far as the World Cup is concerned. But the man himself will have none of it.

''I am confident I will be there, I am so determined to be part of it, it's a dream I have to work hard to reach, but it's in my control. I know I will secure playing time very soon and make sure I get into a team and play well and be in the manager's head for selection for that squad of 23.''

Realistically, he knows his options are limited.

''I still love the game at my age, and I think I can add value to the team,'' Neill said.

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