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Gary O'Neil

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

18/05/1983

Height

173 cm

Signed

03/08/2018

Country

England

Bolton Wanderers announced back in August 2018 that experienced midfielder Gary O’Neil signed a short-term contract.

The midfielder began his football career at Portsmouth, where he was given his league debut as a 16-year-old by Tony Pulis against Barnsley in January 2000.

He spent seven years at Pompey, in which he achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2002/03 through winning the First Division under Harry Redknapp.

The former England Under-21 international then moved to Middlesbrough, for a fee in the region of £5 million.

After making over a century of appearances for Boro playing in the top two divisions of English football, O'Neil moved on to West Ham United in January 2011.

He made his debut for the Hammers in the League Cup semi-final second leg against Birmingham City, replacing Luis Boa Morte.

Despite struggling with injury during his early days at the club, O'Neil became a regular member of the West Ham team that earned promotion to the Premier League in 2011/12, via the play-offs.

O'Neil started for the Hammers in the final against Blackpool, where they won 2-1 thanks to a goal late on from former Wanderers forward Ricardo Vaz Te.

Following his release from the London based club, O'Neil went on to join Queens Park Rangers.

In his single season with the R's, the experienced midfielder reunited with former boss Harry Redknapp and earned his third promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs yet again, despite getting sent off in the final against Derby County.

Leaving QPR after just one season, the box-to-box midfielder joined Norwich City, where he earned the fourth promotion of his career in 2014/15.

He came on for Nathan Redmond late on in the play-off final to see through the Canaries 2-0 victory.

O'Neil was at the heart of then manager Alex Neil's midfield during his season in the Premier League.

O'Neil joined Bristol City in June 2016, but injury plagued his time at the club and reduced his impact at the club.

In August 2018, the midfielder joined Bolton Wanderers following a successful trial.

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