Bishop bids his final farewell to the Scunthorpe faithful

Neal Bishop has revealed his thoughts after ending a four-year stay with the Iron – claiming the Millwall play off loss was a low point in his career.

The club announced that Bishop would leave at the end of his current contract last week, which saw a hatful of farewell messages arrive in the midfielder’s inbox – something he was taken aback by.

“I was a bit overwhelmed,” Bishop told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“I wasn’t a flair player and it was not the fact I felt undervalued but I just didn’t expect that level of support.

“People put messages on Twitter some sent them privately but never mind them thanking me, I owe them a massive thank you for the way they warmed to me and the way they have taken care of me and my family has been first class.

“To get to 200 games in four years is not bad and I have been lucky with injuries.

“I have spoken to a lot of people from the club since I left just to say thank you for being great with my mum, my day, my little boy and Fran (BIshop’s wife). They have been fantastic with everybody and can only wish the club the best going forward.

“I have been there four years and do feel genuine warmth to the club. I felt like the opportunity had passed for me to progress any further and it is time for a couple of new faces to come in and try and get the club out of the division.

“I don’t leave with any hard feelings. I spoke with Nick (Daws) and we were both of the same mindset that it was the right time.”

The midfielder spoke about the heartache of the consecutive play off semi final exits, but says the Millwall loss hurt the most.

“When I arrived my aim was to get to the Championship and that was the aim all the way through.

“We had two good go’s at it but failed one step before Wembley and there is always that tinge of regret that we didn’t get there.

“The last two seasons we have got into the play-offs quite comfortably but the season before last was my biggest regret because we were first and second for so long and then had that horrendous run of form when we couldn’t buy a win and that cost us automatic promotion.

“It all went badly wrong against Millwall and I regret that season.

“I just felt the window of opportunity to get the club up had gone. From my point of view things had just come to natural end.”

The odds are already out if any Iron fans fancy backing us using an Energy bet offers code to finish in the play off’s for a third-consecutive season.

We at Any Old Iron wish Neal and his family the very best, and hope he has plenty of years left in the game yet.

Thanks for your efforts in Claret and Blue.

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