Billy Sharp has described his return to Bramall Lane as “a dream come true” after completing a £500,000 transfer from Yorkshire rivals Leeds.
And Sharp, who together with Conor Sammon was unveiled as a Sheffield United player before Chris Morgan’s testimonial yesterday, immediately set his sights on firing Nigel Adkins’ squad towards promotion next term.
Sharp, a United supporter, made his professional debut for the club 11 years ago and told The Star: “For me, this is the perfect move. I’m at the team I’ve followed since I was a boy and with a manager who backs me.
“I used to get shivers coming back into the ground to watch they boys even when I was somewhere else. I always had that feeling that I wanted to come here again. That I had to come back. And I have.”
Adkins, who is now expected to focus his efforts on recruiting a new centre-half, has previously worked with Sharp at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading. Sammon, signed on a season long loan from Derby County, appeared as a second-half substitute during the 2-2 draw with Newcastle but red tape forced Sharp, whose fee is officially described as “undisclosed”, to sit the match out.
Sharp is embarking on his third spell with United after also representing them between 2007 and 2010, added: “I’m absolutely delighted. Like I say, I always wanted to be here again one day and I’m delighted it’s this season with the gaffer.
“He believes in me and I thank him for bringing me to the club. I had a frustrating time last year because not enough people showed that belief in me but he certainly does.”
Sammon, who has been capped nine times by the Republic of Ireland, confirmed he wants to earn a permanent contract after arriving in South Yorkshire.
“I’m very excited and delighted to get this sorted,” he said. “Really, once I knew there was a chance for me here, the decision was a no-brainer.
“I really want to get stuck into playing, especially at this stage of my career, and scoring goals. Like any footballer, I want to be a part of a successful team. That’s the ambition this club has and that’s the aim of the manager and coaching staff too.”