Former Boro midfielder Neal Bishop joins Gainsborough as player-coach

Former Scarborough Athletic midfielder Neal Bishop has signed for their NPL Premier rivals Gainsborough Trinty as player-coach.

By Andy Bloomfield
Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 2:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 2:53 pm
Neal Bishop playing for Boro in the 2020-21 season

Photo by Morgan Exley
Neal Bishop playing for Boro in the 2020-21 season Photo by Morgan Exley

New Trinity boss Tom Shaw has made the former Barnet and Notts County ace, 39, his first signing.

Shaw said on the club website: "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.

"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."

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Bishop, who also played for Whitby Town in the 2004-05 season, added: "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."