The Football Club is delighted to announce Cambridge United Striker Joe Neal comes to Needham Market on Loan.
The Young Striker has agreed an initial one month loan with the club and went straight into the squad against Bury Town on Fri 26th Jul in a pre-season friendly where he was instantly involved in the goals scoring 2 and put in an impressive display.
Joe is a product of Cambridge United's Academy and penned a two and half year professional contract, committing his future to the Abbey Stadium until 2021.
The 18-year old striker has been with the U’s since joining 11 seasons ago and has progressed through the Academy age groups across the course of the last decade. Neal, raised locally in Newmarket, was spotted as a six-year old by now Academy Manager Tom Pell.
In recent years, he played up an age group featuring for the youth team as an under 16 during their run to the FA Youth Cup fourth round in 2017, and has since led the line with his strong ability in the air and hold up play for the U18s as well as captaining the side.
Academy Manager Tom Pell commented: “Everyone within the Cambridge United Academy are delighted to see Joe rewarded with a professional contract, and he is a true representation of what our Academy is about.
“He works extremely hard, gives his all for the team as captain and has excellent qualities to his game. Meanwhile, he has also represented the Academy on visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, achieved triple distinctions in his academic studies and was named in the LFE 11 for his high quality performance both on and off the pitch.
“His excellent attitude can be summed up by Royston Town’s eagerness to re-sign him on loan following his goals and good quality displays whilst on a work experience with them recently.
“If he continues to work hard at his development, we have great confidence he can become a real asset for Cambridge United Football Club.”
Cambridge United Head of Football, Ben Strang added: “The timing and duration of this contract serves as recognition of Joe’s development as a player and person throughout his time with the club.
“He deserves this opportunity, though he is fully aware of the challenges which any young player faces when transitioning in to a professional environment.”
The Football Club would like to put on record our thanks to Cambridge United for agreeing the deal in particular to Andy Beatie (Club Secretary) for sorting out the paperwork, and everyone at Needham Market FC welcomes Joe to the Club and hopes he will enjoy his stay with The Marketmen.