Bishop signs new Pool deal

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Neal Bishop has put pen to paper on a new contract.

Blackpool’s utility man has been the surprise package of this season so far with his hard-working displays.

Eyebrows were raised when the 32-year-old was plucked from League One side Notts County this summer.

But he’s proved his quality so far, playing in almost every position and being rewarded with a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

And boss Paul Ince is delighted. “Neal really deserves it,” he said of the deal. “I have a lot of pride in it. I knew the kid could do it, even though he came from League One.

“People didn’t realise what a good player he was, but I knew we were getting a player who never stops running for you and can play in seven different positions.

“The fact he got our player of the month award says it all. The fans like him and he gives everything.”

Bishop was initially handed a five-month contract at Bloomfield Road, highlighting chairman Karl Oyston’s lack of confidence in the deal.

But Ince praised the chairman for acting quickly to reward the midfielder’s form.

He said: “The thing about our chairman is that if people do well for him he’s happy to reward them.

“We are happy that we got that one right. I get some wrong, but with Bish we got it right.”