Pool to offer Bishop deal

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Blackpool are set to offer Neal Bishop a contract.

The midfielder has been at the club since pre-season training began and played in Thursday’s win at Witton Albion.

He was Notts County captain when Pool manager Paul Ince was in charge there in 2010-11.

And Ince feels he’s ready to step up to the Championship. The manager said: “Without a doubt I want to keep him here.

“He is full of energy and loves to get forward, even though he is a little behind in terms of fitness. We need that type of dynamic midfielder who can get into the box. He does that job very well.”

Teessider Bishop, who turns 32 next month, made close to 200 appearances for Notts County over the past four years, following stints at Scarborough, York and Barnet.

His lack of Championship experience doesn’t bother Ince, who added: “We went on a decent cup run with Notts County, when we beat Sunderland and he scored against Manchester City. I know what he can do against higher-level opponents. I know he can play at this level, so I’m not worried about that.”

Bishop was one of three triallists to feature in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly victory. Ince could take another look at the other two, Gary Dicker and Danny Granger, in today’s friendly at York.

Former Celtic midfielder Paddy McCourt has also left the club after a week training with the Seasiders.

Ince decided against offering the winger a deal and he’s now linked up with League One side Peterborough.