Friday, April 06, 2012

Striker Sharp transfers to the Bucks

STRIKER Chris Sharp has joined Blue Square Premier outfit AFC Telford United after The New Saints accepted a club record fee for the player.

The Saints received an approach for the player from the Bucks and accepted an offer that could not be refused, according to managing director Mike Harris.
"We did not want to lose Chris, who has developed as a player since arriving from Bangor City and going full time," Harris said.
"But Telford made us what is, for them, a record offer and we did not want to stand in the player's way of furthering his career.
"Scouts are watching us on a regular basis and, as the standard of the Welsh Premier League improves, we can expect more clubs in the English system to take an interest in our player development."
The son of former Everton and Scotland player and Bangor City manager Graeme Sharp, the 25-year-old joined TNS from Bangor City in January 2010 and scored 22 goals from 31 (+8) appearances for the Park Hall outfit.
He started his career with Rhyl in 2005 but missed the whole of league season 2006/7 after breaking a leg in the Lilywhites' Uefa Cup campaign.
Despite making a full recovery and returning to action in September 2007, he was released from Belle Vue the following summer by mutual consent and signed for Bangor City.
He was the leading scorer at Farrar Road in 2008/9 with 20 goals and attracted the attention of TNS, who paid a fee for his move to the club.
Sharp missed a chunk of last season through injury and a four-match suspension following his dismissal in the league game against Bala Town.
He also made seven (+3) appearances for TNS in the Champions League and Europa League, scoring in last season's 4-0 home win over Bohemian.
Sharp is the third former TNS player at the New Bucks Head - defender Rob Williams arrived from Altrincham in the summer, while midfielder Carl Rodgers has been with the Bucks for six seasons.
"We would like to thank Chris for his service to TNS and wish him all the best for the future," says The New Saints' director of football Mike Davies.

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