Lucas Neill looks set to be released for the second time in a year with UAE club Al Wasl about to release the Qantas Socceroos captain.
Lucas Neill looks set to be released for the second time in a year with United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl about to release the Qantas Socceroos captain.
Sitting ninth in the UAE Pro League, Al Wasl have shaken up their squad with the signing of two new imports - Iraq international defender Ahmad Ibrahim and Brazilian striker Jose Carlos Ferreira.
With UAE clubs only allowed four imports, including one spot restricted to players from other countries in the Asian Football Confederation, Ibrahim will replace Neill, while Egyptian forward Shikabala will leave to make way for Ferreira.
Neill's release comes just eight months after he was cut by UAE's Al Jazira and throws his club future in doubt with the January transfer window almost closed in Europe.
While Neill has avoided a return to the Hyundai A-League so far in his career in favour of more money in the Middle East, the transfer window in Australia will remain open until midway through February and may be his only option.
The former Blackburn, West Ham and Galatasaray man was linked with a move to Tianjin Teda last month but with ex-Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu having signed with the Chinese Super League club, a move there seems unlikely.
The 34-year-old defender was named in Holger Osieck's squad on Wednesday for Australia's friendly against Romania, which will be held in Spain next week.
Neill played 11 games for Al Wasl but fell out of favour when Bruno Metsu quit as head coach in October having been diagnosed with stomach cancer.