SHEFFIELD United goal machine Billy Sharp arrives at the County Ground today with a steely determination to reach a personal landmark.
The 31-year-old striker, who is League One’s top-scorer, is just two goals away from reaching 200 career goals and has set his sights on grabbing a brace against Swindon Town as the table-topping Blades go looking to take another step towards promotion.
Former Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers man Sharp, who has also featured for Southampton in the Premier League, is currently in with a shout of bettering his best-ever season total, having previously found the net 32 times in 50 appearances for Scunthorpe United in the 2006-07 campaign.
He is also six strikes clear of Bury’s James Vaughan in the division’s scoring charts and celebrating a 200th career goal would prove all the more special for the experienced frontman if it were to be achieved while playing for the club Sharp supported as a boy.
“Of course, if I could have chosen any club to do it at, then this is it,” the Blades captain told the Sheffield Star.
“I made it pretty clear recently that, even if I don’t score another goal and we get promoted, I’d be over the moon.
“Seriously, I’ll be delighted, but I’ll be trying my best to get there against Swindon.
“Hopefully, that will help us get another three points because that’s the most important thing.”
Despite having netted more than a third of his team’s goals this season, Sharp puts his prosperous campaign in front of the net down to the efforts of his team-mates.
With the likes of John Fleck, who has racked up a whopping 16 assists already this season, operating in the heart of the Blades engine room, skipper Sharp believes that his team possess the very best midfield options in the whole of League One.
The in-form hotshot said: “I’m loving it at the minute.
“The lads are creating lots of chances for me and, at the moment, I’m taking them, so it’s actually down to the others really, and fair play to them.
“We’ve got the best midfield in the division as far as I’m concerned and, when you see people like Flecky coming into the football club, I always knew that the lads would be creating lots for me.
“It’s a good squad, with quality running right the way through it.
“If there wasn’t, then I doubt I’d be getting as many.”