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Sharp shooting for next milestone after breaking goal-scoring record

9 January 2019

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has set himself a target of scoring 250 career goals after he became the leading scorer in English league football this century.

After hitting the net in the Blades’ 3-0 win at Wigan on New Year’s Day, Sharp took his tally to 220 - one clear of former Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert.

And, despite being one month shy of his 33rd birthday, he has his sights firmly set on hitting the next milestone.

“It’s strange, weird in a way,” said Sharp, when asked about breaking the record.

 “I didn’t really think anything of it until last season when I saw my name on the list. I think I was fourth at the time so I just try to score as many goals as I can and obviously now I’m at the top of the pile.

“I’m not going to lie, I was thinking about trying to catch people and to get past Rickie was a good achievement for myself.

“That [goal against Wigan] was my 220th league goal; I think I’m on 230-odd total goals so, yeah, I’d like to get to 250.

“Every goal means a lot to me and, at the minute, scoring goals for Sheffield United is extra special because it’s a club I’ve supported as a boy and I’m captain of the club. 

“I’m a part of a successful team at the minute, and we hope to continue that until the end of the season.”

In 2011, Sharp’s son Luey Jacob died from gastroschisis. He was two days old.

Sharp was playing for Doncaster Rovers at the time, and, just two days after the tragedy, scored against Middlesbrough. That is one of the 220 goals which the striker remembers most vividly.

“That obviously stands out for certain reasons and a left foot volley, so I don’t get many of them,” he added.

“Another goal I remember most is the one against Leeds at Bramall Lane last season. Again it was a volley, with my right foot this time. I enjoyed that one and it was on Sky as well so pretty good.

“And going back to my early years, the hat-trick goal at the Kop End for Sheffield United in my first spell against Queens Park Rangers. It was only a two-yard tap-in, but to get my first hat-trick for my boyhood club was a special moment as well.”

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