Rovers maintain Neill hope
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackburn are hoping a good run in Europe will persuade Lucas Neill to stay at the club.
Blackburn are hoping a good run in Europe will persuade captain Lucas Neill to stay at the club.
The Australian is out of contract next year and was known to be disappointed that a deadline day switch to Liverpool fell through.
Blackburn have made it clear they are ready to offer fresh terms to Neill and goalkeeper Brad Friedel is keeping his fingers crossed
"It's extremely important to keep Lucas," said Friedel.
"If we can hold on to him it would be great for all of us. He would be hard to replace.
"Lucas is a good guy, he's got a level head on him and works ever so hard.
"We've never had any trouble with him or any drop in form. He just gets on with it. He is a leader on and off the pitch.
"Lucas has to think of himself and his family, but we are hoping that a good run in Europe and the Premier League will do something to make him think about his future."