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.


You may also want to watch:


“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.”

Most Read

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”.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter