UPDATED 03:45 1st July 2015
Signed on a free transfer in July 2012, the acquisition of Chris Neal was seen as a bit of a coup for Port Vale. The goalkeeper started his career at Preston North End and enjoyed loan spells with Tamworth, Shrewsbury Town and Morecambe before joining Shrewsbury permanently in July 2009. He was part of the successful Town promotion side of the 2011-2012 season but was released from his contract by the Shropshire side at the end of the season.
Shrewsbury’s loss was Vale’s gain as the stopper celebrated back-to-back promotions from League Two helping us to promotion in 2012-13 before remaining as Vale's starter between the sticks upon their return to League One. During the 2014/15 campaign, Neal made 42 appearances for the club and kept six clean sheets.
Neal suffered an ankle injury in Vale's 2-1 pre-season friendly victory over Notts. County, an injury which has kept him out of the opening part of the season.