Alas the worst kept secret in show business is now finally official, with Doncaster Rovers hosting a press conference at 2pm today to announce the club record signing of striker Billy Sharp. After a summer of will he, won’t he, rumours and unfounded nonsense, Sharp, has been officially unveiled as a Rovers player at a cost of £1.15million, triple the club’s previous record transfer fee paid, and making him twice as expensive as the rest of the squad combined. Nike kit deals and £1.15million pound transfer fees? Not really what we expect from The Likes Of Doncaster.
Having scored 15 goals for the club in a loan spell spanning almost all of last season it was always likely that Rovers would move to try and sign Sharp in the summer. However, his form for Rovers had not only brought him to the attention of other clubs, but also seemingly nudged him out of Doncaster’s price range, with a six-figure bid offered earlier in the summer reportedly turned down by his parent club Sheffield United. However, after reportedly turning down approaches of Burnley and Leeds United, Sharp will now return to the Keepmoat Stadium, agreeing a 3 year deal with the club.
Sharp will wear the number ten shirt for Rovers next season and can be currently seen holding said squad number aloft on the official club website, simultaneously giving us a first look at the new kit at the same time.