Doncaster bid to keep Billy Sharp after cash injection

Doncaster will fight to keep Sharp at the Keepmoat after cash injection

Doncaster Rovers will hold talks with Billy Sharp over a new contract after major shareholder Dick Watson and chairman John Ryan raised funds to try and keep him at the club.

Leicester agreed a 2million fee for Sharp on Friday but have yet to conclude a deal and Doncaster are taking the opportunity to try and tie the 25-year-old to a new two and a half year deal.

Talks: Doncaster are to discuss Billy Sharp's future

Talks: Doncaster are to discuss Billy Sharp's future

Manager Dean Saunders said: 'To keep Billy would be a massive shot in the arm for this club.

'We are hopeful Billy wants to stay and help us. To be honest I can't understand why there aren't 20 clubs queueing up to take him because he is a goalscorer and they are rare to find. To be a top striker you have to be first in the box and he is always first to move. He has that knack.'

Saunders has taken 21 points from 18 games since taking over from Sean O'Driscoll and is relishing the fight ahead to keep Doncaster in the Championship.

'When I joined we were adrift but now I feel like we are in the Grand National and we have caught up with the pack,' he said. 'We are in the race and it's up to the players to believe we can finish strongly.

'Willie McKay and I have been working hard trying to get new players in and hopefully we can add to the quality we have brought in and put a run together.

'We've got some tough games coming up but we've beaten the likes of Southampton so we know we can compete with the best in the division when we pout our minds to it.'