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Former Hammer declared bankrupt

Filed: Monday, 2nd May 2016
By: Staff Writer

Ex-West Ham United captain Lucas Neill has been declared bankrupt - despite career earnings in excess of £20million.

The 38-year-old former right back is being investigated by insolvency experts to determine the extent of his debts, which led to Neill being declared bankrupt (in the UK) back in January.

A spokesman for Begbies Traynor confirmed to news.com.au that the former defender was set for further talks regarding his financial situation soon, when he returns to England.

"Mr Neill is due to be interviewed when he returns to the UK in the coming weeks, at which point the Trustees will be able to obtain the background information required to determine the full scale of Mr Neillís debts," said spokesman Dale Hernon.

"At this early stage of proceedings, it is currently unclear to what extent any funds will be recovered."

Neill spent just under two years at West Ham between 2007 and 2009, having rejected Liverpool's overtures in favour of a bumper £60,000-per-week contract from the club's former Icelandic owners.

He rejected the opportunity to extend his stay at the club when he was offered around £30,000-a-week by then CEO Scott Duxbury in the summer of 2009.

Neill 89 appearances for the Hammers before Joining EVerton on a free transfer; he went to to enjoy spells at Galatasary, Watford and Doncaster before calling a halt to his professional career.

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