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The Neill deal: Why Sunderland pounced on son of Socceroos legend – FTBL

Still just 15, Neill junior, who spent five years on Liverpool’s books, was headhunted by Sunderland’s recruitment department and will link up with the Championship club’s U-18s.


The playoff hunting Black Cats are already laden with talent in their early 20s and teens, with midfielder Jobe Bellingham, 18 – brother of Real Madrid and England star Jude – a prime example.


And there will be every opportunity for Neill, already high on the radar of Australia U-17s coach Brad Maloney, to develop and flourish on Wearside.


“We’ve known Marcus since he was a young kid at Blackburn before joining Liverpool,” said Sunderland’s recruitment chief Stuart Harvey, formerly head of recruitment at Ewood Park.


“Liverpool is one of many clubs where we have developed strong relationships with, as we know it can be really difficult for Academy players…

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