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DRFC Saunders hoping to hold onto Sharp

DRFC Saunders hoping to hold onto Sharp

Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders is hoping to keep hold of Billy Sharp when the transfer window reopens next week.

Sharp is once again the leading goalscorer for the club this season, netting nine times despite missing seven weeks of the season through injury.

A number of clubs are lining up to sign the clubs record signing.

Saunders, a striker himself during his playing career, is hoping Sharp will stay but understands the situation Sharp finds himself in.

Speaking on Sky Sports Saunders said,'I'm hoping he'll stay. I think he's playing well at the moment. I don't want to lose him but I've been a striker myself and when these things are going to happen, they happen.

He's a striker and if you bang goals in you go up to the next league, whatever league you're in. I'm just glad he's on form and banging goals in for us and he just needs to keep doing what he's doing, not take his eye off the ball and what will be, will be.

I'm planning as if he's going to be here, nothing's been done yet. I don't know what's going to happen around the corner. At the end of the day the final decision will be Billy's.'

Sharp has now netted 40 times for Rovers in just 82 appearances since originally signing on a season long loan in 2009 from Sheffield United.

Whilst on loan he netted 15 times for Rovers, in a season that was disrupted through injury.

The striker completed a move to the Keepmoat the following summer for a club record £1.15 million and he once again led the goal scoring charts with 16 goals.

Sharp netted on the opening day at Brighton this season but was stretchered off early in the second half with ankle ligament damage.

The injury forced him to miss eight games but he is now back to full fitness and back scoring again having netted five times in his last four games.

His from was recognised last month when he was named the npower championship player of the month for November.

Sharp started his career with his hometown club Sheffield United. He made just three appearances for the Blades before joining Scunthorpe United.

He joined Scunthorpe after Sharp had enjoyed a successful loan spell with Rushden and Diamonds.

Sharp returned to Sheffield United for a fee in the region of £2 million after scoring over 50 goals for Scunthorpe in less than 100 appearances.

He once again struggled at United before being snapped up by Rovers.

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Date:Thursday December 29 2011
Time: 1:01PM


I hope he stays but I really can't see it happening
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