Sharp makes Doncaster switch

Last updated : 07 July 2010 By Bladesmadeditor


It emerged last week that the 24-year-old wanted to fight for his place in Kevin Blackwell's starting line-up at Sheffield United but, after an attempt from Rovers a few weeks back to permanenetly sign the striker failed, they unleashed their highest ever bid for a player in their history.

The bid, which was one which United simply could not refuse, will hopefully come in hand to fill in the voids and strengthen other positions. It's quite conspicuous that the striking department isn't a key area to be improved at Bramall Lane at this moment.

It was evident that the born and bred Blade tried his utmost to bag goals for the his beloved team, but it just quite didn't work out for him. On his second permanent departure from Bramall Lane in his career, Kevin Blackwell said:

"When I came back here Billy was not in the team and I gave him a long run but maybe the fact that he is a real Blade and was desperate to succeed weighed heavily on him at times - plus he was very unlucky on occasions with disallowed goals etc.

"At least we do have plenty of cover up front now which we didn't have last season when injuries hit us badly. The arrival of Daniel Bogdanovic to join Richard Cresswell, Darius Henderson, Ched Evans has added further strength in that department.

"With Jamie Ward also an option to go down the middle it is a chance for Billy to go where he wants."

On Sharp's move, which was influenced by his successful loan stint at the Keepmoat last season, United Chief Executive Trevor Birch commented: "After discussions with his agent it was made clear Billy would not sign a new contract and was determined to return to Doncaster.

"In that situation we were left with no alternative but to maximise the player's value in the best interests of the Club as he would have been free to leave next season."

From all at Blades Mad, the best of luck, Billy!

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