Neill’s Galatasaray move a good one – ex-Socceroos star Foster

Former Socceroos midfielder Craig Foster believes Lucas Neill’s move to Galatasaray is a good one.

The 31-year old Australian national team captain signed with the Turkish club last week and will join from Everton to team up with Socceroos teammate Harry Kewell and Foster, writing in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald, believes the move is an extremely positive one for all parties involved.

‘Lucas Neill's move to Turkish giant Galatasaray is not only good news for Australia, with an eye on the World Cup in five months, but one that should also benefit both player and country over the longer term,’ Foster wrote.

‘Just six months ago, Neill's career had stalled as he was left without a club, and a September move to Everton looked as though it could prove difficult. However, Neill established himself in the first team and, according to Moyes, was allowed to move on to secure his future,’ he added.

Neill’s career thus far has seen him captain English Premier League clubs Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United after beginning his career in Europe with Milwall in 1995.

Following a short stint with Everton he will now continue his career with the 17-time Turkish Super Lig champions, a move that Foster says can only improve himself as a player and get him back to top form ahead of the World Cup in June.

Foster added: ‘Neill gambled with his future, both club and international, for even the Australian captain must be dropped if he is not playing regularly over a long period, but in backing himself and his talent, he has come up trumps with a move to play alongside his boyhood friend and Socceroos teammate Harry Kewell in a league of high quality.’

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