Notts to sign Bishop

Last updated : 20 May 2009 By Jacob Daniel
Notts County today announced their second central midfield signing of the week, Barnet captain Neal Bishop. Although he is yet to put pen to paper, the hard working central midfielder will travel to Nottingham to sign a two-year deal on Friday, according to the club's official site.

Bishop made his name in non-league football, moving up the ladder through Whitby Town and Scarborough, before becoming a key part of York City's side. After his contract expired at Kit Kat Crescent, he moved south on a free transfer, after being quickly snapped up by Barnet boss Paul Fairclough. He's plied his trade at Underhill for two years, but with the expiry of his latest contract, he has rejected a new deal at the Bees in favour of joining up with McParland and the Magpies.

A midfielder who doesn't shirk a tackle, Bishop is known for the high energy and passionate displays that saw him gain the Barnet captaincy, however he is also comfortable in possession and able to pick a pass. It is hoped he will form a formidable partnership with the other new signing, Ricky Ravenhill from Darlington.

Former Notts County captain and Barnet manager Ian Hendon had attempted to persuade Bishop to sign a new deal at Underhill, but it seems Bishop's desire to move closer to his home in the North has helped convince him to move to Meadow Lane.

Manager Ian McParland told the official site of his latest capture:-

"Dave Kevan and I trailed him for much of the season and we think he has a real presence about him. We're sure he can make a big contribution and believe he will blend well with Ricky Ravenhill.

"He's a six-footer who wins headers in both boxes, is a good tackler and makes 'easy' passes. If we need him to go forward he can, and is just as adept in the holding role."

He also confirmed that he is still on the search for a number of new faces, and hopes to have more deals tied up in the near future.


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