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Jak Alnwick Talks Chris Neal and Fleetwood

11 November 2016

This weekend will see Port Vale come up against a familiar face in the opposing goal for Fleetwood Town.

Chris Neal, who spent four years with Vale from 2012-2016 will return to Vale Park for the first time since his departure.

Neal was an influential player for the Valiants, winning player of the season for two years running in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 season.

Current Vale goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick was in competition for the number one spot with Chris and spoke fondly of his ex-team mate.

Alnwick said: “He was a massive influence on my career, he made me realise what League One football was all about.

“He pushed me to be better and coming form Newcastle, it was totally different for me and we had great competition.

“He was a great man, there was no bitterness, he text me the day he left and said thanks for pushing each other and it was great completion.

“It’ll be good to see him Saturday and hopefully he plays well, but not to well.”

Vale will be looking to use the Fleetwood game as a chance to get back to winning ways in the League, following four games without victory.

Jak admitted the players have been thinking about the league position since the last game and wants to get back to pushing up the league.

“Obviously we’ve had a break form league and we’ve had half an eye on the league because we want to get back to winning ways.

“We struggled a little, we had a tough month against some big sides and this weekend is a home game and we’ve got a good home form and it’ll be down to us to get three points and push ourselves right back up there.”


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