Billy Sharp's footballing future is in limbo as the new season edges closer and closer to commencing.
The striker was not part of the Southampton squad that travelled on tour to Spain and Austria, although he hasn't been told that he is unwanted either, according to his agent, James Featherstone.
Sharp signed for Southampton in January 2012 and was part of the team that secured promotion to the Premier League. However, he only made two league appearances for the South coast side last season before he was loaned out to Nottingham Forest.
According to Sky Sports, Featherstone has stated that the situation is proving to be a tricky one.
"A bit of a difficult one at the minute," he told the website.
"He has been pre-season training with Southampton, working hard and obviously he wants to try to force his way into the team. He wants to play football, he doesn't just want to sit out the last two years of his contract."
While Saints have spent big on Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama this summer, they have yet to import anymore forwards. If that remains the case come September, then they will probably want to keep Sharp at the club as a back-up to the first-team.
It does therefore seem that yet another move away from St. Mary's - whether that is temporary or permanent - may well be the most productive possible outcome for Sharp's career.
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