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Neal Eardley

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

06/11/1988

Height

180 cm

Signed

15/01/2021

Country

Wales

Experienced defender Neal Eardley became new boss Michael Jolley’s first signing when he joined The Bluebirds on loan from Burton Albion in January 2020.

The Welsh international, who predominantly plays right-back but can operate anywhere in defence or even in midfield, has agreed a loan deal to keep him with The Bluebirds until the end of May.

Eardley came through the ranks at Oldham Athletic where he turned professional in 2006 and soon became a regular in the side, being voted in to the PFA League One Team of the Year in 2008/09.

His strong defending combined with an ability to provide quality deliveries in to the box earned him a move to Blackpool where he played a key role in their promotion to the top flight and went on to become a regular for them in the Premier League.

A switch to Birmingham City in 2013 began encouragingly but a serious knee injury put paid to his debut season at St Andrew’s and he eventually moved on to Hibernian in 2016.

Eardley returned to England to join Northampton Town and then Lincoln City where he was named Player of the Year during his debut season before playing his part in their promotion to League One the following year.

He joined Burton Albion last summer following his release from Sincil Bank and made 14 appearances for The Brewers this season before new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink allowed him to move to Barrow.

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