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Billy Sharp

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Biography

Date of birth

05/02/1986

Signed

26/09/2013

Country

England

The striker began his career with the youth teams at Rotherham and his hometown club Sheffield United. He made his senior debut with the Blades as an 89th minute substitute against Watford in a 1-1 draw in 2004.

Later that season he was loaned out to League Two side Rushden and Diamonds where in the second half of the campaign, he netted nine goals including the first hat-trick of his career against Boston United.

Scunthorpe snatched up sharp’s goals scoring abilities in 2005 for a fee of £100,000, the striker true to his form notched 24 in his first season. His second season saw the arrival of a new manager Nigel Adkins – somehow Sharp improved his game even more, netting 32 times in 50 appearances.

Sharp left Nigel Adkins’ side to re-join Sheffield United for a fee of around £2 million in July 2007. For whatever reason Sharp entered what was for him a goal scoring drought, only managing eight during his three year spell at the club.

He was then reunited with Nigel Adkins when he signed for his Southampton side in 2012 but was bizarrely frozen out of all first team affairs, only appearing 17 times and pitching in with nine goals.

Loan spells followed at Nottingham Forest, where he managed to excavate some of his previous form in a run that entailed ten goals in 17 games, similar to his form with the Saints.

When Nigel Adkins was given the managers seat at Reading in 2013, Sharp was unified with his former boss for the second time when he was brought to Berkshire on an emergency loan deal that September.

He notched in his first start for the Royals – the winner against Charlton at the Madejski Stadium in early December. But an injury hindered his impact here and once his loan contract elapsed in the New Year, he headed back to the Keepmoat in another spell away from St Mary’s.

Leeds were the lucky recipients of the Strikers signature come the start of the 2014/15 season, Sharp signing a two-year deal with the Whites and scored on his debut – an 88th minute winner against title contenders Middlesbrough.  

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