One unlucky former U21 winger that was brought to Maine Road by Alan Ball. Neil joined City at a difficult time, and did not show the potential to save City from dropping two divisions. As managers came and went Neil was pushed further away from the team, and spent most of his time in the reserves. When he finally got his chance under Royle, City lost dramatically to Mansfield in the Auto Windscreens Cup. After that it was just a matter of time before Neil had to go and finally, after the 1998/99 campaign ended he completed a free transfer move to third division Darlington.