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Bishop Hopes To Take Chance

Posted: Tue 13 Aug 2013
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Midfielder Aims To Impress

Neal Bishop hopes to make the most of his opportunities at Blackpool, after making his first appearance for the club against Barnsley on Saturday.

The 32-year-old, who recently agreed a five-month contract at Bloomfield Road, has stepped up to Championship level for the first time in his career to be reunited with his former Notts County manager Paul Ince. 

"I've worked with the gaffer before, I've worked with Al before and they were obviously both top centre-midfielders in their time. It's a fantastic opportunity. Even at my age, it's a chance to come in and prove myself," he said. 

"It's given me a new lease of life and I've had to step up a level, not just on the pitch but in training. I'm enjoying it and the next step now is to try and break into the first-team, which is going to be difficult given the standard of centre-midfielders already at the club."

Bishop's contract at Notts County was cancelled by mutual consent back in June, ending his four-year association with the club. The midfielder's short-term deal at Blackpool is one that he's more than comfortable with. 

"It's a risk but it's one that I'm quite happy to take," he admitted. If I come here and do well then I'll be here a long time, if I don't then I'll obviously go and continue my career somewhere else after January. Sometimes you've got to go and take a risk if you want to go and achieve things. 

"At my age it was basically now or never. I know I had another year left but I think I'd achieved all I could at Notts County, and it had maybe become a bit stale for me. I've got one last push in me and I think I'm ready now to give it a go.  

"I feel like a 21-year-old again coming here and it's a fantastic place to be. I really want to kick-on, get in the first-team and prove myself. If that happens then the contract takes care of itself," he added.