Sharp admits Town would be “fantastic” club to play for
Brave Billy Sharp has admitted Ipswich would be a “fantastic club to play for” after helping bottom club Doncaster Rovers to a shock win at Portman Road.
The Donny striker praised the Super Blues after their touching tribute to the 25-year-old following his goal in front of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand – seven days after the tragic death of his newborn baby.
Sharp was given a poignant applause by all sides – a tribute repaid by the striker - both when he scored Rovers’ second in Saturday’s 3-2 win and after he was subbed midway through the second half with the home fans then singing “sign him up”.
And the striker, who was a target for Paul Jewell in the summer, appeared to open the door to a possible move to Suffolk in January, during an emotional post-match interview.
Sharp said: “I had a lump in my throat when the Ipswich fans did that for me, they didn’t have to do that to an opposing player and I would like to thank them all for showing that respect for me.
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“There was interest in the summer and both clubs spoke. It is a great club but it just wasn’t the right club for me at that point.
“But it wasn’t because of this club (Ipswich). It is a great club and it would be a fantastic one to play for.”
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While Jewell will be understandably concerned by his side’s “calamitous” defending, it would be a huge surprise if he didn’t go back in for Sharp in January – with Donny boss Dean Saunders admitting they might have to sell their top asset if a “ridiculous” offer came in.
And Sharp added: “I am a Doncaster Rovers player and like I have said before, whatever shirt I put on I will always do my best.
“I have a year and a half left on my contract here and I will continue to give 110% for this club until someone tells me otherwise.”
Sharp’s comments serve as a rare moment of hope for Town supporters still coming to terms with three straight defeats slumping them to 14th place.
Fans vented their frustrations following an inept first-half display by booing their side off amid some chants of “what a load of rubbish”.