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Neal Joins Bury On Loan

18 March 2016

Port Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal has joined Bury on loan for the rest of the season.

The 30-year-old will remain with David Flitcroft’s side until 8th May and will be eligible to face Shrewsbury Town at Gigg Lane tomorrow.


Neal, who has made six appearances for the Valiants so far this term, also spent time at Doncaster Rovers earlier this season.


He will now be hoping to play a big role in the Shakers’ run in between now and the end of the current Sky Bet League One campaign.


Speaking to port-vale.co.uk regarding Neal’s loan move, manager Rob Page said: “Since Chris has been in, he’s been excellent.


“It was a tough decision to make last week but on the back of a clean sheet to leave Chris out would have been harsh.


“He’s gone in and played okay against Peterborough. I was disappointed with both goals but that’s not anything against Chris personally. Then I’ve got a tough decision for Saturday’s game so I’ve made my decision. 


“I’ve always said I’ll support any senior players that want to go and play games and this has come up. Bury have shown interest to take him on loan and I want to help him out as well.


“It gives Ryan Boot an opportunity now to step up to the first team again and obviously we’ve got an outstanding goalkeeper in Jak Alnwick as well.”




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