Thursday, February 21, 2013
All eyes on Neill debut for Sydney FC
By Rashida Yosufzai
Sydney FC is more concerned about building on the momentum from a banner week of big-name signings than the heated reception they face when they play Melbourne Heart on Sunday, says coach Frank Farina.All eyes will be on Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill in his debut for Sydney FC at AAMI Park after the angry reaction from Heart fans when he spurned their club."I'm not really bothered about what the (Hearts) fans will do, and I can certainly say Lucas won't be too bothered either," Farina told reporters in Sydney on Friday."It's a game of football and they pay good money to see it, so they can do whatever they want."Farina said Neill's signing for the rest of the season had "certainly changed the feel around the place here."The morale boost was heightened when Italian ace Alessandro Del Piero signed on for another year."I think it rubs off in some sort of way, to know that there's stability and who's going to be here," said Farina.He added a warning: "But the most important thing is the game on Sunday - if we turn up and we're competitive."Farina's biggest task in the meantime is a welcome new one - juggling a full squad for the first time, with the addition of Neill coinciding with the return of Joel Griffiths, Brett Emerton and Ali Abbas from suspensions.Farina was tight-lipped about the make up of his team but Neill seems set to join Brazilian Tiago Calvano in the central defence.