Billy Sharp reveals his time frame for choosing his next club as Rotherham United admit they're admirers of the former Sheffield United striker

The experienced striker is a free agent.
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Billy Sharp

ROTHERHAM United will have to wait a little longer if they are to strike a deal with veteran striker Billy Sharp.

Manager Matt Taylor has admitted that the centre-forward, a prolific scorer for years at Championship level is on the Millers' recruitment radar as they gear up for a second successive season in the second tier.

However, Sharp, who won't be short of offers after leaving Sheffield United and becoming a free agent, has revealed he won't be deciding on his next destination until some time next month.

"The question I’ve had a thousand times is: ‘Are you signing for these or these?’ I honestly don’t know," he told the Advertiser's sister paper, the Sheffield Star. “If I did and something was concrete I’d be open and say something.

"Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll be sorted and I can concentrate on the next step of my career."

The 37-year-old has scored well over 250 goals as a pro and was gutted to be released this summer by the Blades - his boyhood club - following their promotion to the Premier League.

"I still want to play football," he said. "I obviously hoped that would be with Sheffield United.

"Pulling on a different shirt will be weird and so will going back to watch United at Bramall Lane. The only time I’ve watched games from the stand over the last eight years has been when I was suspended or injured or not in the squad."

Sharp lives in Sheffield and the proximity of Rotherham to his home and the opportunity for him to continue performing in the Championship could work in the Millers' favour.

Hanging up his boots after making a combined total of nearly 700 appearances for clubs including the Blades, Doncaster Rovers, Southampton and Leeds United isn't an option for him despite his advancing years.

"While ever I’m still hungry to play, I’ve got to carry on," he said.