Teddy Bishop says he feels ‘reborn’ after getting to root of injury problems

Teddy Bishop protects the ball against Shelbourne

Teddy Bishop protects the ball against Shelbourne - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town starlet Teddy Bishop says he feels ‘reborn’ following a year of injury hell.

The twinkle-toed midfielder burst onto the scene in August 2014 was soon attracting the attention of Premier League clubs during an exciting debut campaign, but a mixture of injuries saw him sidelined for virtually the entirety of his follow-up season.

Medical specialists have got to the root of his problems now though and Bishop, who turned 20 earlier this month, has been Town’s stand-out player in pre-season.

“I’ve only had two seasons in first team football and it’s already been a rollercoaster!” said the Cambridge-born midfielder, who joined the club at the age of eight.

“Not only physically, but mentally last season was really tough,” he said. “I played a few games towards the end, but the season was pretty much a write-off for me.

“It was horrible being a spectator - especially towards the end of the season when the results weren’t quite there. I was just wishing I could be on the pitch and helping.

“I tore my hamstring four times and they couldn’t quite work out why, but they’ve got to the bottom of it now. My tendon was never strong enough, but I’ve seen a couple of specialists, worked on a strict summer programme and I have all the confidence in the world in it now. The physios are really happy.

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“I’ve done a bit in the gym, more legs than upper body, so I don’t get the injuries. I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been before. I feel sharp, I feel reborn and just want to get out there. Hopefully this season can be a big one.

“I’m just looking to build on what I did in the first season, score some goals, get some assists and cement my place in the team.”

Bishop was linked with a host of top-flight clubs a year ago and only last week Blues skipper Luke Chambers said the youngster could be ‘anything he wanted to be’.

“It’s flattering but I’m here and I’m here to stay - I just want to do well for this club,” said Bishop, who revealed his Tottenham-supporting father named him after Teddy Sheringham.

“The fans have been really good to me, so has the manager and I’ve just got to stay level headed. I’ve come through the academy here, the club has been great to me and I just want to repay everyone.”

McCarthy has said he will play Bishop on the right of midfield this season if he is unable to sign any wingers before the season opener against Barnsley, at Portman Road, next Saturday.

“I’m enjoying it,” said Bishop. “He’s not said go out and play right-wing and beat five men, he’s given me license to roam and go into the little pockets of space. It’s a really good position for me I think.

“I’m familiar with the position, I just need to learn about the defending side of it and that will come the more games I play there.”

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