Doncaster Rovers: Love is mutual between Sharp and Rovers

Billy Sharp celebrates his first goal back in Rovers colours at Blackpool.
Billy Sharp celebrates his first goal back in Rovers colours at Blackpool.
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It may have come much sooner than anyone would have expected but there has never seemed any doubt that Billy Sharp would one day return to Rovers.

It goes without saying that the love from the club towards him is tangible.

Few players reach ‘club legend’ status while they are still active, certainly at the club where they are deified.

Sharp with his strikes, passion and the unforgettable ‘goal from heaven’ cemented such status by the tender age of 25.

He given a big bear hug by virtually every member of staff at Cantley Park on the morning of his return to the club, from the catering staff up to the coaches.

Such scenes showed exactly the level of feeling there is towards Sharp from the club.

On his first morning back at the club, Sharp was thrust straight into the media spotlight.

By the end of his first interview back, there was no doubt that the love Rovers show Sharp was entirely reciprocated.

“Everyone knows that I’m a Sheffield United fan and I do still support them but Doncaster Rovers are special to me,” Sharp said.

“The support they showed both me and my family during a really tough time means more than football.

“I enjoyed my time on the football pitch as well.

“I was really happy here.

“I had some problems off the field but I was happy.

“It was probably the best football I’ve played.

“I’ve won two promotions in my career - at Scunthorpe and Southampton - but I think my football was probably best here.

“Doncaster’s is a result I always look out for.

“I ran into the players at the service station when they were on the way down to Brentford at the end of last season.

“I managed to speak to James Coppinger and told him I had a feeling he’d score the winner.

“He did and he texted me to say how scary that was.

“I was buzzing as much as they were for them to get back into the Championship.”

Sharp believes Rovers have an excellent chance of ensuring their current stay in the Championship is not limited to just a single season.

But he does admit he was surprised by the 3-0 scoreline against Wigan a week ago.

He said: “After the run of form Rovers have been on, it was a bit surprising.

“But they are capable of doing that.

“It is a good squad and it shouldn’t be where it is.

“There have been quite a few injuries but the players are starting to come back now.

“Hopefully that win will have put us in good stead for the games to come.

“We’re in a relegation dogfight, and everyone knows that.

“But we also know that putting together two or three wins will take us away from the bottom three and we can start to enjoy playing football.”

This article originally appeared in the digital edition of the Green Un which is available to read from 6pm every Saturday and throughout the week on the following link: Digital Editions