Rovers still in Sharp hunt
O'Kelly hoping to bring striker back to Keepmoat Stadium
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: June 17, 2010 12:47pm
Sharp: Wanted back by Rovers
Doncaster Rovers remain in the hunt for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp, with a bid still on the table.
The 24-year-old was top scorer for Rovers last season, notching 15 during his season-long spell at the Keepmoat Stadium.
However, his goalscoring prowess has alerted a number of other clubs, with the likes of Burnley and Nottingham Forest thought to be in the race for his signature.
Doncaster assistant manager Richard O'Kelly revealed that they are still waiting to hear whether their club record offer had been accepted by the Blades or not.
"We have made a bid for Billy and we are just waiting to hear from them now," O'Kelly told skysports.com.
"Players don't have a certain price tag around their neck, with clubs making offers in and around that mark.
"So, it all depends on how highly they rate Billy. It worked well for all parties concerned last season because Billy wanted games and we wanted someone to put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis."
At one stage last season Doncaster were in the hunt for a top six finish, but had to settle for 12th spot after a disappointing end to the campaign and O'Kelly insists they simply lacked the rub of the green on occasions.
He added: "We were delighted to finish inside the top half of the table last season and we got to a stage where we were in touching distance of the play-off places, but losing the likes of Billy Sharp and Jason Shackell for a period of time cost us really.
"The Plymouth game was the most disappointing point of the season because everything was set up for us to make a last-ditch attempt of getting into the play-offs and we simply ran out of luck.
"When we came up against the bigger sides, that finished in the top six, often the big decisions didn't go our way and they all add up, but we were pleased with the top-half finish in the end and also how we did it too."