Bishop agrees new Blackpool deal

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Neal Bishop has agreed a new contract at Bloomfield Road.

The 32-year-old held talks with Pool chairman Karl Oyston this week after a superb start to life at Bloomfield Road.

After a summer trial the former Notts County man was handed a short-term deal to prove himself which was due to end in January.

But after another outstanding display against Nottingham Forest last weekend, Pool offered the midfielder a deal which he’s expected to sign on Monday.

Boss Paul Ince confirmed: “It’s done.

“I had a conversation with the chairman on Monday.

“The chairman was pleased with him, I’m delighted with him, so we sat down and spoke numbers.

“I’m pleased for him as he’s been excellent.

“He’s put himself on the line this summer and had a 
real belief in his ability to come and play in the Championship.

“I always felt he had the ability to come and do it.

“He had to prove himself and he’s done that.

“It’s not just one or two games, he’s consistently done it this season.

“He had to be rewarded for that with a new contract and hopefully everything can be signed by Monday.”

Bishop initially arrived at Bloomfield Road as a central midfield player, but he’s 
hardly been able to play his natural position.

With Pool’s squad being so stretched, Ince has turned him into a utility man, using him on both wings, right-back and left-back.

And it’s that versatility which has been a real plus for Pool this season.

“He can play anywhere on the park and adjust to it,” said Ince.

“For a club like us he’s so important to have.

“For once me and the chairman agreed he deserved a new deal.”

Eyebrows were raised when Bishop was brought to Blackpool this summer.

But his boss is delighted at the way the player has answered any questions about his ability.

“You have to know your players, that’s part of being a manager,” said Ince.

“I just knew Neal Bishop would do well for us.

“One thing this team had missing is people who could get forward and he can get up and down.

“I saw him do it against Manchester City and Notts County.

“I’m glad he’s proved so far he’s good enough to play for us.”