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Sep 5, 2013

Neill hints at possible A-League return

Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill says he has unfinished business in the A-League and has hinted at a possible return when his contract with his Japanese club expires.

Neill signed with J-League outfit Omiya Ardija last month, having been clubless since his short-lived guest stint at Sydney FC ended in April.

But his contract in Japan is set to expire at season's end in December with Neill possibly in limbo again just six months out from the World Cup.

However he's far from concerned with his management already "working away on plans A, B and C."

Neill, who has already started one game and been a substitute in two others for Omiya, is hopeful he'll get offered a contract extension.

Failing that, the A-League appears on the horizon.

Of the 10 games in his contract with the Sky Blues, Neill played only three due to injury and the 35-year-old defender is keen to make a better impression at home.

"I feel like I have unfinished business there," he said.

"It was definitely anti-climactic when I went there. Getting injured in the first game with only eight or nine games to go (in the regular season) made it impossible.

"I was trying so hard to make an impression but sometimes when you try too hard it all goes wrong and that's exactly what happened.

"But I'm sure if I had another chance it would be a very different outcome."

And, perhaps with an eye to the future, Neill wished Sydney well in the coming season.

"I'm certainly hoping that Sydney FC do well this year, they were unlucky not to get into the playoffs last season which for me would have been exciting and would have given me another chance to make that impression," he said.

"But I'm just happy the A-League is going so well and of course if, for some reason, the opportunity was there to go back I'd seriously consider it."

Neill, who will be leading the Socceroos against five-time world champions Brazil in Brasilia on Saturday (Sunday AEST), says wherever he ends up his main priority is to be playing regular first-team football ahead of next year's showpiece.

"It's no good me being the age I am and not playing week in week out," he said.

"I've spent my whole life playing and never being on the bench and I don't think now I want to be sitting on the bench."

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