AFC Fylde is delighted to announce that goalkeeper Chris Neal has signed a new deal with the Club, extending his time with the Coasters further.
Chris commits his immediate future to the Club, signing on the dotted line until the end of the 2023/24 National League season.
After initially signing for the Club before the 20/21 National League North season, Neal has gone on to make 106 appearances in Coasters colours, with his 100th appearance coming in our 3-0 win over Brackley Town at Mill Farm.
The new deal comes off the back of a superb season between the sticks, which saw Neal finish joint top in the NLN Golden Glove standings with 19 clean sheets in 46 games.
Once on board for the 23/24 season, Chris expressed his happiness at the deal, saying: “I’m delighted to sign here for another year.
“It’ll be my fourth season at Mill Farm, and hopefully, another successful one for everyone associated with the Club.”
Director of Football Chris Beech added: “Chris was outstanding in many ways both on and off the pitch and not just for his saves.
“His preparation to perform and availability to start 56 fixtures, often with the club running the risk of only having one goalkeeper, was quite remarkable.
“Keeping a joint league 19-game clean sheet record with two other Keepers in the National League North was a great indicator of his performances, professionalism and capabilities while helping the team become champions of the National League North.
“With great experience and knowledge, while embracing modern trends within the game from a goalkeeper’s perspective, Chris will add to any team in the National League and his teammates around him.
“He has been promoted out of this league before, and I’m sure over the coming season, many teammates will lean on those experiences. His commitment shown today reflects many ingredients embracing many influences towards a decision.
“Within negotiations, his attitude to the Club and his respect for his teammates was first class, so much so that he has also committed to us while compromising on his personal gain.
“I feel it’s important to share that with you as it’s another selfless action towards being part of a team and the future challenges for AFC Fylde on and off the pitch.”