Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp is 100 percent focused on his Donny career despite admitting he has ambitions of playing in the Barclays Premier League.
The 25-year-old has committed his future to Rovers after rejecting a move to Southampton, deciding instead to continue his development at The Keepmoat Stadium, and retains hopes of a move to the top-flight eventually.
The former Rotherham United trainee has also rejected the chance to be reunited with former manager Nigel Adkins, who nurtured Sharp during his prolific spell at Scunthorpe United, which in turn helped The Iron win promotion from Npower League One in 2006/07 season.
“Southampton are a big club and had the deal been right then I would have negotiated with them but it wasn’t,” Sharp told The Star.
“I knew Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, who I had played under at Scunthorpe. That was one of the positive aspects of their approach, but like I say the deal wasn’t right.
“It wasn’t anything to do with being a Sheffield lad and not wanting to move out of the area.”
“I’ve been lucky in the two moves I’ve made (Scunthorpe and Doncaster) that I’ve not had to move, but it wouldn’t be a problem if I did have to in the future.”
Sharp has seen the likes of Danny Graham, Steve Morison and James Vaughan made big money moves to the top-flight this summer, and the forward, who scored 16 goals in each of the last two seasons for Rovers, is keen to follow in their footsteps.
“It’s not a case of me thinking that I am as good as them,” he said. “I just think myself that one day I will be good enough to play there.
“In the meantime I’ve got two years left on my contract and I’ll be working as hard as I can during that time to both help the club and to try and get to the Premier League.
“I’m not in any rush to go and while ever I’m here I’ll be giving 110 per cent to the club. I’ve been working hard on my fitness during the summer and I’ll be ready to go when the season starts.”