A player who failed to make the first-team grade at Port Vale but went on to enjoy promotion in Ireland
His time at Port Vale
Gary O’Neill was one of a crop of player brought in by owner Paul Wildes to form the Port Vale Development squad. The team was coached by Jimmy Bell but only Jordan Hugill was to make an impression on the first-team. It was disbanded when Norman Smurthwaite took over as sole owner after he said it was too expensive but arguably the development squad did its job.