Chris Neal

Chris Neal

Time at club: 2013-2016

Appearances: 138

Goals: 0

Comments:

A reliable keeper signed from Shrewsbury and who was ever-present in the league during Vale’s 2012-13 promotion campaign.

He was deservedly named as the players player of the year in 2013 and continued as first-choice in 2013-14 until he picked up an wrist injury in November. He was again voted the club’s players player of the year and signed a new two-year contract in the summer of 2013.

Neal returned to the first-team in September 2014 and continued as the club’s first-choice during the 2014-15 season.

He was injured in the summer of 2015 and subsequently lost his place to new signing Jak Alnwick. After a spell on loan to Doncaster Rovers in February 2016, Neal made his first start of the 2015-16 season in the game against Sheffield United when Alnwick was injured in training.

However, when Alnwick returned, Neal departed for a second loan spell – this time to Bury until the end of the season and with Alnwick the established first-choice, Neal was released in the summer of 2016.

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