Sharp ‘happy’ at Doncaster Rovers

Rovers' Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Southampton. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rovers' Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Southampton. Picture: Andrew Roe

ROVERS striker Billy Sharp is happy to stay at the Keepmoat – for now.

With the re-opening of the transfer window close, speculation has begun to mount that the 25-year-old hot shot may be set for a move.

Sharp turned down a move to current Championship leaders Southampton in the summer while Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell recently strongly suggested he will follow up a previous bid next month.

Southampton’s previous £3.2m bid activated a clause in Sharp’s contract which forces Rovers to allow the striker to speak to another club and Jewell hinted he will match that bid in January.

But Sharp – who netted three goals in the last two games – has admitted he is keen to help Rovers escape their current struggles.

He said: “I’m staying to help Doncaster – at least for the time being.

“I spoke to Southampton in the summer, but it wasn’t to be at the time.

“People are always asking me when I am going to leave, but I didn’t leave in the last window or the one before that.

“I will go one day, that’s football, but I’m enjoying my time here.”

Sharp thanked Rovers for all the support they have given him following the tragic death of two day old son Luey last month.

He said: “From chairman John Ryan down, everybody has been absolutely fantastic towards my partner Jade and myself.

“People could not possibly have been kinder or more supportive.

“It has been a terrible period for us. The pain never goes away, it just eases a fraction on occasion, like when I am playing and getting a goal.

“Still, everything I do is for Luey. He is in my thoughts virtually every minute.”