Give Bish a new deal, says boss

Neal Bishop
Neal Bishop

Paul Ince wants to reward Neal Bishop with a new contract after his hardworking start to life at Blackpool.

Many an eyebrow was raised when the Seasiders boss signed the 32-year-old midfielder, who had never played at Championship level.

He was given a five-month contract at Bloomfield Road to prove himself and earn a longer deal.

Bishop has started Pool’s last three games and has played a big part in the league leaders’ best start to a season for 78 years.

And Ince wants his chairman to reward the player with an extended contract.

“He’s been outstanding for us,” said Ince. “People talk about Thomas Ince’s goal and Matt Gilks’ penalty save against Watford but you can’t forget people like Bishop.

“I knew what I was getting when I brought Bishop to this club. I’ll be speaking to the chairman to make sure he extends the deal.”

Bishop spent the last four seasons at Notts County, following spells with Barnet and York.

But Ince was convinced he could do a job at Championship level and snapped him up when his contract was terminated at Meadow Lane.

The boss added: “The kid just gives you his all. He’s fit and makes so many last-gasp tackles.

“Yes, he will makes the odd mistake but he gives you absolutely everything every time he goes on to the pitch.”

The Teessider has had a challenging start to his Blackpool career, being asked to play in unfamiliar positions.

He made his debut on the left wing at Middlesbrough before being asked to stand in at right-back against Reading and Watford.

And in doing so he really impressed the boss. “For him not to moan shows what a great attitude he’s got. I see so many players who don’t care about the game but Bishop loves it,” said Ince.

“He’s proud to be here and appreciative, and he wants to prove to people he can play here.

“I’ll be speaking to the chairman to extend that deal.”

Despite the closure of the transfer window until January, Football League clubs can sign players on emergency loan deals from tomorrow.

Ince has identified a couple who have been left out of their club’s 25-man Premier League squad and would be available for the rest of 2013.