Former long-serving Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill has resurfaced at a high-powered football industry forum in Jordan.
A veteran defender of two World Cups, Neill joined a forum of heavy-hitters in a session on the second day of the Soccerex convention - the world's largest football business event.
Neill has kept his silence since being told by Ange Postecoglou in May last year that he would not be part of Australia’s squad at the 2014 World Cup.
The 37-year-old enjoyed a successful career in the English Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and West Ham before joining a succession of clubs including Turkish giants Galatasaray, and even four games of a 10-game guest stint with Sydney FC in the A-League.
He has never officially announced his football retirement and, towards the end of his Socceroos career, endured a sometimes frosty relationship with fans.
Neill was one of more than 850 delegates who took part in the Asian forum, as 85 national federation representatives, plus 60 clubs and league representatives.
The event was hosted in conjunction with the Asian Football Development Project, at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre.
Argentina great Diego Maradona was among the A-List attendees and used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Maradona threw his support behind Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein in the FIFA presidential election,which takes place on May 29.
"If I didn't believe that he (Prince Ali) would be a good president, I wouldn't be here," Maradona said.comments