Billy Sharp: Huge boost as 'delighted' skipper and Sheffield United agree new contract - and he wants another

Sheffield United have ended the uncertainty around Billy Sharp’s future by triggering a contract extension to the delight of the skipper, who says he is hoping to earn another one after that.

Friday, 22nd April 2022, 9:00 am
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2022, 11:27 am

The Blades’ talisman will now be at Bramall Lane at least until the summer of 2023.

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Sharp has scored 126 goals in 331 appearances for his boyhood club, 15 of them coming this season as his form in front of goal helped rocket an ailing United side back into promotion contention.

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At the age of 36, Sharp remains one of the Blades’ most important players, proven in recent weeks as United had a stumble while he was out injured.

It is hoped that the crowd favourite will be back on Saturday to face Cardiff City and on agreeing a the new deal, Sharp says he will work to ensure this isn’t the last playing contract he gets at the Lane.

"I'm delighted, I've had a good season and, like I said when I signed my last deal, I want to knuckle down, work even harder and earn the next one,” he said. “I feel there is plenty more in me and it is up to me to show that. The immediate aim is for a few more goals this season, carry on next season, contribute to the team to get us results and although I hit 37 next year, I still feel I've got a few more years left in me."

Billy Sharp has signed a new deal at Sheffield United that will keep him at Bramall Lane at least until the summer of 2023

Boss Paul Heckingbottom said it’s not just on the pitch that Sharp has an influence.

He said: "Billy has the hunger to keep playing and scoring goals and fortunately it is for his club, I'm looking forward to working with him for another year and taking full advantage of it. He brings a lot to the club, both on and off the pitch, he's a leader and a fantastic example to the younger strikers at the club."