HULLBRIDGE Sports boss Darren Manning is overjoyed after bolstering his squad with the signing of Kieran Bishop.

Manning worked with the striker during his time as assistant manager of Grays Athletic.

And Manning believes Bishop will prove to be a hit in Hullbridge colours.

“It’s brilliant to have Bish on board,” said Manning.

“Bringing him into the club is something that has been bubbling for a while now and it’s great to have got it across the line.

“We started at Grays on the same day and have had a good relationship since.

“He will give us another dimension in the forward line and I can’t wait to get him fit and firing.”

Bishop has completed his move to the Ryan’s Heating Stadium and has vast experience in the Isthmian North as well as at higher levels.

The frontman counts Grays, Coggeshall Town, Harlow Town and Hemel Hempstead Town among his former clubs, while he has also enjoyed a stint in the Essex Senior League with Walthamstow.

And Bishop is in contention to make his Sports debut when Cambridge City make the journey to south Essex tomorrow.

This weekend’s contest evokes happy memories for Hullbridge as it was in the reverse fixture that the club recorded the first Isthmian North victory in their history back in August.

Joe Wright, who remains Sports’ top scorer with seven goals this season, found the back of the net to ensure Manning’s newly-promoted outfit would secure a 1-0 victory at the Glassworld Stadium.

And Manning is keen for his side to claim a similar result this time around.

“It was a good day at their place earlier in the season,” added Manning.

“But that is done now and we want to make sure we get the same result this weekend.

“Another win would be huge for us as they are a very good side and are around in the league table.”

Hullbridge and Cambridge are only separated by goal difference, with Sports one place better off in 13th.

And Sports will go into their first clash of the New Year with a spring in their step, having brought the curtain down on 2019 with a resounding 3-0 win over Canvey Island.

“Spirits are high and the players were fantastic against Canvey,” admitted Manning.

“We were in control against a top team.

“Now we need to build on that in 2020 and see where it takes us.”