AUDIO: Rovers loan star Billy Sharp’s in a much happier place

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After clutching a pool cue from David Cotterill and then proceeding to hussle Mark Duffy, it’s safe to say Billy Sharp is enjoying his home comforts again.

Billy, judging by his skills yesterday morning, has wasted no time getting his eye in on the Cantley Park table.

Billy Sharp celebrates his goal at Blackpool.

Billy Sharp celebrates his goal at Blackpool.

Now, after wasting even less time rediscovering his “buzz” for football at his beloved Doncaster, he’s aiming to shoot Rovers to safety.

Back in South Yorkshire, reunited with family and friends, Billy’s in a much happier place, in every sense.

“I enjoyed living down south,” said the on-loan Southampton striker.

“But when you’re living so far away from home and it’s not going well on the pitch you need the things that do make you happy around you - and for me that’s family.

“I’ve managed to get both now.

“I’ve got my family close to me - I was staying with the parents last week but I’ve got a place now. I’m sorted. I’ve also got some games under my belt.

“I thank Doncaster for giving me that opportunity and hopefully I can pay them back.

“I believe I’m a better player since I left Doncaster but it’s about taking the things I’ve learned and putting them into games now,” he added.

“Consistency is key in this league. Hopefully I can get on a run of goals and help the team stay up.”

Bubbly by nature, Sharp’s admission upon rejoining Rovers that he had lost a bit of love for the game came as a surprise to many. It didn’t take long for his mindset to change.

“I was enjoying it again as soon as I got back on the training pitch here, because I knew I’d be playing at the end of the week,” said Sharp.

“I’d lost that buzz. I was training every day and not getting anything out of it at the end of the week. I wasn’t playing games and I wasn’t scoring goals.

“I know training’s important but there’s nothing more important than games. It was hard but I’m okay now. I’m happy.

“It’s been a good week. We’ve hit a bit of form,” he added.

“There’s a lot of different people here now from when I was last here but it’s familiar surroundings. The lads have been brilliant.

“I’m just glad to be back and it’s done me the world of good to get three games in in a week.

“That should build up my match sharpness for the games coming up.”

Tomorrow Sharp makes a Rovers return to Brighton’s Amex Stadium, the scene of an unforgettable 2011/12 opening day defeat.

“Obviously I got the first goal at the stadium and then got carried off injured, so there were mixed emotions that day,” said Sharp.

“I’m looking foward to going back. It’s a big game, but one I think we can do well in.”

And will he have a score to settle with the Seagulls?

“Nah - he [Lewis Dunk] won’t be playing anyway,” replied Billy, who celebrated his 28th birthday this week.

“I’ve got a job to do for the team before I think about myself.

“Hopefully I can get a goal and go on a bit of a run.”