Speaking of the new signing, Shaw commented: "We are looking to put together a young, hungry and energetic side, but to compliment that, we also need to recruit an experienced spine. A core group of good professionals. Neal certainly offers that. He is a vastly experienced player and that knowledge and nous will be invaluable to the group of players we are excited about putting together."
Amongst others, Bishop has racked up nearly 150 league appearances for Notts County and Scunthorpe United in the football league. He brought the curtain down on his league career having made nearly 80 league appearances in a two year spell at Mansfield Town in League Two. Wearing the captain's arm band at various clubs during his twenty-three (and counting) year playing career, Neal will certainly be a strong leader in Shaw's dressing room.
Shaw also revealed that Bishop will combine his playing role with a coaching element, providing him with more valuable experience within the backroom setup. "Coaching will be a natural progression in the game for Neal, but at the moment he certainly has a desire and passion to continue to perform well on the pitch. He is as fit as they come and the outstanding reputation he has within the Professional game speaks volumes about his character. I am really excited about Neal’s contribution to Gainsborough Trinity both on and off the pitch."
The new man was quick to add, "After speaking to Tom, the opportunity was too good to miss. I am passionate about playing and coaching and the chance to combine both is brilliant. I'm really looking forward to getting started, even though it's only May. It's a very exciting time to be involved with Gainsborough."
Welcome to the club, Bish!
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