He is one of the biggest success stories to come out of the Academy of Light in recent years and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson, who could both be in the World Cup squad for England next month in Qatar.
Neil was fast-tracked into the senior squad without going out on loan to experience first-team football prior to playing for Sunderland, whereas Pickford went down a different route during his time at the club.
The shot-stopper went on loan to six different clubs, including the likes of Bradford and Preston North End, before getting his chance at the Stadium of Light.
He was initially promoted to the first team in the summer of 2013, whilst moving on a temporary switch to Burton Albion, and was valued by Transfermarkt at just £135k at the time.
An elbow injury to Vito Mannone then afforded Pickford the chance to establish himself as the number one for Sunderland in 2016/17 and he grasped the opportunity with both gloves as he ended up playing 29 games in the top-flight that season.
The Black Cats struck gold with Pickford as they were able to establish a pathway for him via multiple loan spells before offering him the chance, albeit aided by an injury to Mannone, to showcase his quality in the first team.
This led to them making a whopping £25m from his sale, with his value rocketing by 18,418% from the initial £135k he was valued at when he came through the youth ranks in 2013.
Sunderland can be proud of the huge role they played in his development as he achieved phenomenal growth in value during his time at the Stadium of Light, with the club certainly hitting the jackpot by bringing him through the academy set-up.