Sharp set to stay at Doncaster

BILLY Sharp has revealed he is fully focused on keeping relegation-favourites Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.

The striker, who was subject to a bid from Ipswich Town and then courted by Southampton, appears to have distanced himself from a summer move and now looks set to start the season with Rovers.

But the 25-year-old admitted he was eyeing a move to the Premier League sooner rather than later, saying: “I just think myself that one day I will be good enough to play there.

“In the meantime I’ve got two years left on my contract and I’ll be working as hard as I can during that time to both help the club and to try and get to the Premier League.

“I’m not in any rush to go and while ever I’m here I’ll be giving 110 per cent to the club. I’ve been working hard on my fitness during the summer and I’ll be ready to go when the season starts.”

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Town boss Paul Jewell this week revealed he had made first-time bids for a striker and a winger, thus ruling out Sharp and his Doncaster team mate James Coppinger who were subject to an unsuccessful �2.6 million offer in May.

Another winger linked was Peterborough’s George Boyd, but we can reveal that Posh have had no contact with Ipswich.

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As for Sharp, he is fully focused on keeping Doncaster in the Championship in what is expected to be another season of struggle for Rovers, who this week completed the signing of former Blues hero Richard Naylor.

Sharp said: “We’ve got to be relegation favourites after finishing fourth bottom last season. The three relegated teams are expected to do well and the three teams who have come up are supposedly going to be strong.

“But we are not going to go down. We’ve got to try and get off to a good start like we did last season and then hopefully build on that.”

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