Ex-Wimbledon stopper Neil played 81 times for us between 2000 and 2002 and these days works as academy goalkeeping coach at another of his former clubs, Leeds United.
Neil spoke to us as part of our new ‘Discussion Panel’ feature in this season’s official matchday programme a couple of weeks ago and, afterwards, shared his thoughts on our present-day custodian and club captain.
“Hugo is unbelievable and the fact that he’s the skipper shows that he’s well-respected in the dressing room,” said Neil.
“He’s obviously got a big influence around the place but the thing is, he backs it up with his performances as well. He doesn’t just take the armband and think that’s enough, he leads by example.
“He can come across as a quiet person on the outside but because he plays so well, he leads by example without actually having to say much. It speaks volumes, if that makes sense.
“That all helps to earn the respect of his players and the relationship that he must have with the manager.”
On Hugo’s playing style, Neil added: “He seems calm but very, very quick, he’s got a great spring, he looks organised and his distribution is phenomenal.
“He’s agile and his shot-stopping is unbelievable. He’s got everything you want from a modern-day goalkeeper. I believe he’s influential and respected on and off the pitch.”