Billy may be going, South

Wanted man: Striker Billy Sharp in action against Southampton, one of the club's keeping a close watch on Rovers' star player
Wanted man: Striker Billy Sharp in action against Southampton, one of the club's keeping a close watch on Rovers' star player
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DONCASTER Rovers Supporters’ Club chairman Len South fears star striker Billy Sharp may be on the way out of the Keepmoat Stadium.

Mr South is concerned that Sharp’s good run of form will re-ignite a bidding war for the centre forward who has scored seven goals so far this season.

However, he is also tipping Dean Saunders’ side to give Rovers fans an extra Christmas present by climbing out of the Championship relegation zone before the end of the year.

“I honestly think that they can do it,” he told The Star. “If we can get something at Birmingham on Saturday then we can start to look forward.

“We are a little club at this level and cannot compete financially with most Championship clubs and and in the last few seasons we’ve certainly punched above our weight. But having said that I still can’t see any reason why we can’t push on.

“One of the things which concerns me, however, is that come January some of the loan players may move on to bigger and better things and that would mean that we wouldn’t be able to keep a settled side.

“I also worry about Billy Sharp. He’s started scoring goals again and I still think that Southampton are still sniffing around, as are Ipswich. I just hope that he stays with us because the fans absolutely adore him and they would do anything for him.

“He said earlier in the year that he wanted to stay at Doncaster now he’s saying things like he wants to play at the highest level which makes you think that he might be moving on in January.

“I can’t fault him wanting Premier League football but I’d like it to be with us.

“Dean Saunders did an excellent job at Wrexham and he’s starting to get things right here, but obviously he will need time.”

Rovers have made it clear that they intend to be active in next month’s transfer window with a number of new faces expected to arrive at the club on short-term contracts.

“I thought all these players coming in would affect the players who were already here,” said Mr South.

“But from what I’ve heard on the radio, and read in the press, the players seem to be quite happy with players who have played at the top level coming in and passing on their experience and helping to improve results.

“Although there are some supporters who don’t agree with what the club are doing in bringing all these loan players in, it was pleasing to hear that El-Hadji Diouf is wanting to stay on.

“I know that he’s had a chequered past but to be fair to him he’s settled in really well and seems keen to help the club climb up the league. He wasn’t playing on Saturday due to injury, but he was getting behind the guys who were and all credit to him.

“Most of the fans love him to bits, as they do Habib Beye, who has also come in and done well. We’ve got to try and keep the loan players who have come in and done well, but unfortunately a lot of them have come here to go in the shop window.

“The directors are doing a very good job in what is a very difficult economic climate and deserve better support from the public of Doncaster.

“As I say, not everyone is happy with what Willie McKay is doing bringing in all these loan players, but if it works then he’ll be the best thing since sliced bread and he’ll be a hero.

“But if it backfires then he’ll be regarded as a villain and will be vilified.

“Like other supporters I wouldn’t like to see a lot of the established Rovers’ players moved out to make way for the loan signings next month.

“When they are on top of their game, and playing well, the players have proved that they can play at this level. But one or two of them, without mentioning names, seem to blow hot and cold.”