Emerton and Nelsen to link up with Blackburn in Sydney

Blackburn Rovers’ World Cup stars Brett Emerton and Ryan Nelsen will link up with the club for the first time this pre-season in Sydney ahead of Sunday’s Festival of Football.

The Lancashire club take on A-League champions Sydney FC, Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and Greek outfit AEK Athens in a three-day event run over the course of a week at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Manager Sam Allardyce said that Socceroos midfielder Emerton and New Zealand skipper Nelsen would join the team in Australia but Emerton’s Aussie teammate Vince Grella is already with the squad in England.

“(Denmark’s) Lars Jacobsen and Vince Grella have just got back with us whilst Brett Emerton and Ryan Nelsen will join us out in Australia,” Allardyce told the club’s official website.

"So once we get everyone back together in Australia then we'll start forging our way forward in terms of technical and tactical play."

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