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First game: 07 March 2020 Last game: 07 March 2020
Appearances: 1 (0/1) Goals: 0
Born in Yeovil, Cleal lived in Sherbourne, Dorset before leaving for Malvern in Worcestershire at a young age. He joined the West Bromwich Albion academy on a full-time basis at the age of 14 but was released by the Baggies in the summer of 2018, and then had trials with Oxford United and Walsall before arriving at Home Park to sign on apprentice terms in October 2018.
Cleal was described as a very technical footballer, who liked to get on the ball and create, and had a fine passing range, possessed a fierce shot and was blessed with the pace to surge past defenders in tight situations. He became a regular in the centre of midfield or as a right wing-back in the Youth Alliance and the Central League before making his first appearance in a first team squad, as an unused substitute at the end of January 2020. The second-year apprentice made his first team debut as an 88th minute substitute five weeks later, becoming the third member of the under-18 squad, with Jude Boyd and Rubin Wilson, to be given his chance that season.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
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