Neal Trotman
Neal Trotman
Neal Trotman
● Neal Trotman, 2013 (GI)

born in England

Neal Anthony Trotman was born on Wednesday, 11th March, 1987, in Manchester.

The 6' 2 (13st 5lbs) defender joined Alan Archibald's Thistle for a trial period in July, 2013, having most recently been with Chesterfield.

Aged 26, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 6th July, 2013, in a 2-1 neutral-venue friendly defeat against Gateshead.

There were no goals for Neal during his spell with Thistle.

He played his third and last game for the club on Tuesday, 16th July, 2013, in a 0-0 friendly draw away to Livingston.

Neal's club-list included Oldham Athletic, Halifax Town, Preston North End, Colchester United, Southampton, Huddersfield Town, Rochdale, Chesterfield, Partick Thistle, Dundee United, Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers.

Bio Extra

This central defender was at his peak in his mid-20s when he joined Alan Archibald's Thistle for a trial period in the summer of 2013. He had been a Football League Trophy winner with Chesterfield in 2012, and was an ever-present for them in 2012-13. Archibald was impressed enough to put a deal on the table, but personal terms could not be agreed upon, and Trotman moved on to try out for Dundee United. He played in a friendly against Wigan Athletic, but was not offered terms.

From there, Trotman moved to Plymouth Argyle, initially on a short-term contract until January 2014, signing for the club at the second time of asking. Playing regularly throughout the 2013-14 season, Trotman's injury-time winning goal at Mansfield in October arguably turned Argyle's season around, yet a red card in a miserable 4-0 home defeat by York City summed up the extremes of his season. At the end of the campaign, he was released by John Sheridan and he signed a short-term contract with new Conference Premier side Bristol Rovers.

Trotman played 19 times for Rovers, helping them to return to the Football League after their only Conference season. He was released at the end of that 2014-15 season and subsequently retired from football, aged 28, due to injury problems.

After injury curtailed his career prematurely, Trotman decided to utilise his negative experiences to guide other professional sportsmen with the ups and downs of elite sport. Alongside a football agency role, Trotman owns a sports psychotherapy consultancy where he helps sportsmen with overcoming issues such as injuries, discrimination and career progression.


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