Neal Bishop tells Post about new deal at Notts County
NEAL Bishop today gave Notts County fans a great early Christmas present by telling the Post he expects his deal at Meadow Lane to be extended until 2014.
The Magpies captain has revealed there is a clause in his contract that if he starts 20 games this season he will earn another one-year deal and he has started all 22 of their games so far in League One – plus four cup games.
He has now got his sights firmly set on leading Notts into the Championship to complete his journey up the Football League with the club, having helped them win the League Two title back in 2010.
While the futures of other key men like Alan Judge and Jeff Hughes are still up in the air going into the new year, Bishop said: "I'm sorted I think. It is in my contract that if I start 20 games then a new deal for next season kicks in.
"It's great because I love playing for this club.
"We have come a long way since I first came here and I want to help us go even higher.
"The Championship is the ultimate goal for everyone at the club and it is achievable.
"We could even do it this season."
Midfielder Bishop, 31, will play his 150th league game for Notts against Leyton Orient at Meadow Lane today.
He has been in the best scoring form of his career so far this season, netting five league goals to help the Magpies up to eighth in League One ahead of facing Orient.
They are only six points behind joint leaders Tranmere Rovers and Brentford.
"I feel as good as I ever have done," he added. "We've put ourselves into a good position in the league and we're all determined to push on from here and make our good start count."