The Imps have completed the signing of creative midfielder Ted Bishop from Ipswich Town.
The 25-year-old moves for an undisclosed fee after being with the Blues since he was eight. It is reported that a number of clubs were also interested in Bishop, including MK Dons and his hometown team, Cambridge United.
“You only have to look at last season to see the club is going places and I want to be a part of that,” he told the club’s official site.
“I’ve had good chats with the manager and heard the fans make LNER Stadium a rocking venue. It’s been a bit of a disjointed pre-season so I need to get that fitness up to scratch over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to get going. I’m a creative midfielder, I like to drive with the ball and take people on – hopefully, I’ll excite the fans.”
Bishop burst onto the scene with Ipswich in 2014/15, making his league debut in the Championship against Derby County. He played 36 times for them in all competitions that campaign, scoring once. Since then his progress has been hampered by injury, shin splints upsetting the 2015/16 campaign, ankle ligament damage ahead of the FA Cup games between the Tractor Boys and Us in 2016/17, and a ruptured hamstring Boxing Day 2017 the next season.
In 2019/20, with the season curtailed early, he saw little action courtesy of a knee injury, playing just nine League One matches. Last season, he appeared 36 times for the Blues, scoring four goals. Somewhat ironically, he made more appearances last season for Ipswich than at any other time in his career, appearing 38 times. He had bagged four goals before Halloween too, but after Paul Lambert left his form tailed a little.
In total, Bishop has appeared 132 times for Ipswich, with 76 league starts, and scored five league goals. Last season he appeared in a variety of positions for Ipswich, including left-wing, attacking midfield and in a more central role. He had a 12-month extension triggered in his contract at the end of last season, which means the Imps will have paid a nominal fee for his services.
Bishop has a fell of James Jones about him, a homegrown player who has been a one-club man through to the age of 25. That’s ironic, given that it is probably jones who will suffer most from Bishop’s arrival. The former Crewe man is now up against Bishop, Lewis Fiorini and Conor McGrandles for a place in the midfield, with Bridcutt, Max Sanders, Tayo Edun and Lasse Sorensen all likely to be considered centrally too. It wouldn’t surprise me if this latest ‘in’ led to at least one ‘out’ over the coming days, but we shall see.