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A sense of unfinished business

15 May 2017

Neal Bishop committed his footballing future to Scunthorpe United for a further 12 months after penning a contract extension on Monday afternoon.

The former Blackpool and Notts County player has signed a deal at the Iron for what will be his fourth season at the club, after making 138 appearances for the club and scoring 11 goals.
 
We caught up with the 35-year-old midfielder on The Iron PlayerHD just moments after he signed on the dotted line.
 
ON SIGNING HIS NEW DEAL AND A SENSE OF "UNFINISHED BUSINESS"...
 
"I'm obviously delighted, it was never in my mind to leave.
 
"With the way the season finished, it's a sense of unfinished business and it was disappointing for all of us. The manager is top class here and he's the type of manager that will bring success - he's got that personality.
 
"The club is geared that way and I want to be a part of it. I want to prove myself here. I want to play more games than I played this season, I want to score more goals, get more assists and that's the mentality that you've got to go into every season with."
 
ON 2016/17...
 
"It'll take some getting over, but it's nice to get (my new contract) sorted, and we'll come back fully focused on trying to achieve our goals next season.
 
"That's all we can do - we've been knocked down, so we have to get back up again and it's the only way I know. There are like-minded people at the club, so I'm sure we will come back stronger.
 
"I started nearly 40 league games last season in a team that finished third in the table, so personally it was a good season, but I would have liked it to have been better.
 
"It still stings now and it will continue to sting until we put it right. That has to be the thought in everyone's head. We don't want to go through the feelings that we suffered at the end of the season."
 
ON THE PAST AND FUTURE WITH THE IRON...
 
"I came to the club on the back of promotion.
 
"In that first season, it was disappointing, but ultimately we survived. We missed out on the play-offs on goal difference last season and then finished third this season, which is a massive achievement but ultimately not enough to go up.
 
"It's going to be my fourth season here and there's plenty left in me - I've got plenty to give, plenty to still learn and improve on. Once we come back for pre-season, I'll be getting my head down like everyone else to try and make this coming season better than the last one.
 
"We've got to bounce back and take a few more punches going forward. That's the way I was brought up, that's how I am as a player and a person. Anyone that doubts myself or us as a club that we can achieve more just adds fuel to the fire."


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