BILLY SHARP may not not be a Doncaster Rovers star any more.
But he still has a place in the heart of fans... and players at the League One club.
Rovers’ players returning to pre-season training have been happy to wear wristbands supporting research into gastroschisis, a condition which claimed the life of Sharp’s son Luey Jacob.
The baby’s life lasted just two days.
The players showed their continuing support ahead of the new season, in the picture (above) which was published on Twitter this week.
Sharp, 26, showed his gratitude by tweeting back: “Big thank you to all my friends at Donny, for supporting @Foundationljs, miss u boys.”
Sharp, arrived at Rovers from Sheffield United in 2009, before heading off to Southampton in January for a fee rumoured to be around £1.8m. There, fans have embraced his campaign and have tweeted him pictures of themselves wearing his campaign T-shirts on holiday.
Sharp ensured a place in Rovers folklore when he insisted on turning out for Rovers, less than 72 hours after the tragedy.
He scored against Middlesbrough and unveiled a T-shirt saying “That’s for you son.”
The next day was the child’s funeral.
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton wants to sign ex Rover Mustapha Dumbuya, 24, after he joined them for pre-season training.
He told the Chichester Observer: “If we can get an agreement, Muzzy is someone I’d be very interested in.
“Muzzy’s a really attacking full-back. When I’ve seen him play at Doncaster he plays like a wing-back or a winger.
“He’s really attack minded and will be the type of full-back I’m looking for this year. I want two really attacking full-backs who can get forward and bomb on.
“He’s a young ‘un but has decent experience at Championship and League One level.
“He’s a good kid who’s desperate to get going again – and he showed he’s a fit lad as well.”