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Neal hoping his experience will benefit the younger players

25 May 2016

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Former Port Vale man has played a number of Football League games

New goalkeeper Chris Neal is hoping his experience between the sticks will help some of Town’s younger players this season.

The 30 year old signed a two year deal with the Cod Army this afternoon after most recently being at fellow League One side Port Vale.

Neal believes Fleetwood are a Club who are very much going places, and is excited to be a part of the challenge at Highbury.

He said: “To sign for this Club is a great achievement for myself and has given me a fresh start now having been at Port Vale for four seasons.

“I’m hoping my experience will benefit some of the younger players in the squad as I’ve been around the game for a long time now.

“I’ve played a lot of league games and have been in a couple of promotion winning teams as well, so I think I’ll be one of the older players in the team.

“I’ve been in some strong teams during my career and it’s no different here. I’ve been around the facilities and I like the ambition this Club has.

“The training complex speaks for itself and when you turn up here you can’t not be impressed. It’s definitely a Club going places.

“The management here were looking for a keeper who wasn’t just an on-field keeper, they wanted someone who could bring something off the field as well.”

The former Preston North End keeper praised former Town shot stopper Chris Maxwell for sealing a move to the Championship outfit last week.

Adding: “I’ve seen Chris play and have obviously played against him a number of times. He’s done fantastically well and it’s a great move for him.

“Hopefully he can build on his career at Preston as they’re a massive club and it’s big one to go to. I wish him all the best.

“For me though, I’m looking to come here and cement my place in the team as number one and see where that takes me.”

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