Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop has today welcomed home Qantas Socceroo captain Lucas Neill, who has signed a guest contract with Sydney FC.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO David Gallop has today welcomed home Qantas Socceroo captain Lucas Neill, who has signed a guest contract with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League. "As a Sydney junior who has seen the world through football, it's wonderful that the journey has brought Lucas back to play for his home town club in the A-League," said Gallop. "In this crucial FIFA World Cup qualifying year, it will be great to see the Socceroo captain playing in front of Australian fans in our very competitive national league. "I wish Lucas all the best in his guest stint with Sydney FC." FFA has confirmed that the governing body provided assistance to Sydney FC in acquiring Lucas Neill's services. "A number of clubs held discussions with Lucas and his representatives and FFA made the same offer of assistance to each club," said Gallop. "This season FFA has been party to several arrangements covering marquee players and returning Socceroos. Our aim has been to support clubs who have made substantial investments in top quality players. "The marquee players and returning Socceroos have added great value to the A-League in terms of playing standard and marketability. At the end of the season we will review this policy in conjunction with the clubs to ensure we are maximizing benefits for the whole league."