Bishop Anxious to Make Up for Lost Time
Monday, 27th Nov 2017 16:59
Now that he is totally free of injury for the first time in many months Town midfielder Teddy Bishop is anxious to make up for lost time.
His injury problems have cost him a lot of appearances in Mick McCarthy’s team – and even international honours because he was named in the England U19 squad two years ago but had to withdraw and had he been fully fit, and maintained his early progress, he would probably have been in contention for a U20 and U21 recognition.
Bishop recalled: “I’ve been out for several months. I haven’t played a proper game since April, so it will take a few games to get back to where I was, but hopefully I can show the form I showed in the play-off season and get back to my best.
“It has been really tough and mentally it just drains you, not knowing when you are going to be back or even if you are going to be back. It’s horrible but I want to thank everyone that has stuck by me and I want to get back as much for them as for myself.
“My family have seen me at my worst and kept me going. They have always been there for me and to give me advice. I’ve been well looked after.
“The hardest part was seeing everybody else come in each morning and go out to train, so the most important thing now is to get minutes and get back playing on a regular basis. I really can’t wait.
“I’ve been injured with Emyr Huws so we’ve done a lot of rehab together, which helps because when you’re on your own it’s really tough. To have someone alongside you makes it a little bit easier and now we’re both fit and ready to play, which is great.
“The gaffer has been really patient with me. He’s always told me that when I was ready he would work from there. He’s been really good with me – both him and TC.
“The manager has made it clear to me that if I’m fully fit then I’m in his plans and as a player that’s all I want to hear. It gives me the motivation to work hard, get as fit as I possibly can and push to get back in the team.”
Asked if he can return to the level he was at before his injury problems struck – Bishop was a standout player in several games of the 2014/15 season when he made the step-up to first team level at the age of 18 – the midfielder replied: “Yes, definitely. It’s all about confidence and I need to build mine back up.
“I’ve been in and out of the team so often because of the many injuries I’ve had that a clear run in the side would lift my confidence so much.
“The few minutes when I came off the bench at Aston Villa on Saturday were important for me. But it was just a start and I want a lot more in the near future.
“When it comes to the so-called ugly stuff, that’s the part of my game that I think I’ve matured into. You have to do it, that side of it, and especially in a league like the Championship. That comes before you get the time to do your flair stuff and I realise how important it is.
“This is like a second start to my career in a way. I’ve had lots and lots of comebacks before but I think this is going to be the best one.
“I like to think I can bring something different, like getting on the ball and driving forward, but you need confidence to do that sort of thing and I will have to be patient.”
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