Lucas Neill (Defender)
9th Mar 1978 (Sydney)Signed:
22nd Jan 2007 (£1,500,000)Contract:
2½ yearsPrevious Club:
Blackburn RoversKUMB Awards:
Best Signing (runner up) 2006/07; Most Missed (third place) 2009/10.
Lucas was one of the 2007 January transfer window's hottest properties, and rejected overtures from the likes of Newcastle and Liverpool before opting to return to London.
Neill began his career in England with Millwall as a 17-year-old trainee before moving to Blackburn in 2001, where he became a firm favourite of the supporters.
Despite Mark Hughes making him club captain Neill felt that after six years at Ewood Park it was time for a change, and opted for a return to the capital with the Hammers - much to the annoyance of Liverpool who though they only had to pick up the phone ijn order to lure him to Merseyside.