Sharp reveals Blades plan
Billy Sharp says he hopes to continue playing for Sheffield United for the next two years and has no plans to drop down the divisions.
The 33-year-old may be approaching the latter stages of his career, but this season marks his first real chance to play regular first-team football in the Premier League.
Indeed, Sharp came off the bench to net a timely equaliser as the Blades drew 1-1 with Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, although he was then an unused substitute during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane.
Despite not featuring against the Eagles, Sharp, who netted 23 goals as United secured promotion from the Championship last season, remains confident he can play a significant role over the course of the campaign.
The former Doncaster ace signed a new two-year contract with his hometown club back in February and is determined to play an essential role during that time and perhaps even earn a further extension.
“I’ve got a contract for this year and next, which’ll take me to 35,” Sharp was quoted as saying by the Sheffield Star. “I feel great and if I can do well this season, I’ll be knocking on the gaffer’s door looking for an extension!
“To get two years is great for me and my family because there’s security there, and I can concentrate on being a professional footballer in the Premier League. Hopefully I’ve got another two years of that, and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
Sharp has also ruled out dropping down the leagues when he does eventually call time on his Sheffield United career, as he would prefer to play a more leisurely form of the game when he departs Bramall Lane.
“I hope to go on and on,” he continued. “But if there’s a choice between dropping down and playing with my mates, I’d play with my mates in the over-35s league.”
Sharp will be hoping to get another chance to show his Premier League worth when United welcome Leicester to Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The Blades have only lost one of their last 20 league games, a run that stretches back to January, with Sharp having scored eight goals during that time.