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Alexander on Bishop re-signing

15 May 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander was delighted following the penning of a one-year deal, as Neal Bishop committed his future to the club.

Following discussions last week, the club announced that the former Middlesbrough trainee would be offered a contract for the 2017/18 season.
 
We got the thoughts of the United boss shortly after the 35-year-old signed his new deal, with Alexander talking to The Iron PlayerHD.
 
ON BISHOP RE-SIGNING...
 
"First and foremost, he's a good footballer.
 
"I spoke to Bish last week, as I did with all of the players, and let him know of our intentions and he was really pleased first and foremost.
 
"I'm delighted to have him back on board for another year and we look forward to working with him again.
 
"I spoke to him about this coming season and got his opinions on a couple of things and then explained what the expectations will be for next season, not just with him but with the team."
 
ON BISHOP AS A PLAYER...
 
"Bish has been a consistent performer. He looks after himself, he's a proper competitor and he's a great example to a lot of the younger players on how to be a professional.
 
"Bish played a significant part in what we did in the season and he's very adaptable. I'm still looking for him to improve but I've been delighted with him this year."
 
ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE MOVING FORWARD...
 
"Our thought process at the end of the season was that we have to transfer some of what we've done in 2016-17 into next season. That's not just the positive stuff, but also the pain at the end as a bit of fire in the belly. If we changed the squad around, we wouldn't have that.
 
"The more individuals we have that represent the best of this club, then the better team we will be and I think that Bish epitomises that. He's got the full respect of the whole squad.
 
"It's good news, we're delighted he's signed so quickly."


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