Free Press comment: A town holds its breath over the future of Billy Sharp

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YOU can almost hear the collective intake of breath.

Doncaster, as one, is waiting to hear whether its favourite adopted son will stay or go.

That wait could go on for some time yet.

Billy Sharp will hardly know what day it is this week.

His head must be spinning.

Left out of the Rovers side that were dumped out of the FA Cup on Saturday, Billy just wants to be playing football.

But who for?

Moneybags Leicester City have made him an offer hard to refuse - but it is a contract that provides no guarantee of the passport to the Premier League he craves.

Then Doncaster Rovers - a club trying to slash its wage bill - somehow came up with a record-breaking contract offer that would be very easy to accept.

It is an offer that would let Billy remain among friends, he will start every week, he will be worshipped every week.

Nineteen days remain until the transfer window slams shut - it can’t come quickly enough.

Plenty more twists and turns are still possible.

Anyone in Billy’s shoes would not want to rush into the wrong decision.

But whatever Billy does decide, he can rest in the knowledge that the WHOLE of Doncaster will support his choice.

In an era when footballers are often untouchable, detached from their followers, Billy broke down those barriers immediately upon arriving at the Keepmoat Stadium.

He connected with the Rovers fans not just because of his incredible goal ratio, but because of his insatiable appetite for the game and his hunger for success.

Remember the reception he got when he came off the bench against Crystal Palace.

Incredible.

Remember his extraordinary Goal from Heaven.

Spine-tingling.

And remember the wonder strike against Leicester.

Sensational.

They are special memories of a very special player.

Supporters seem intent on squabbling among themselves at the moment, arguing the pros and cons of Rovers’ new approach to the Championship.

But Billy single-handedly can be the bond between players and fans.

Billy is more than just a goalscorer - and thank goodness the Doncaster board have realised that.

Rovers’ contract offer might ultimately not be enough to keep him.

But it could also turn out to be the best bit of business the club has ever done.

Over to you Billy.

Doncaster is waiting on tenterhooks, but Doncaster is behind you every step of the way.