Sharp seeks assurances over Southampton future

The 26-year-old striker played a vital role as Saints gained promotion to the Premier League but completed a season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest on deadline day
Billy Sharp has called for assurances over his future at Southampton after joining Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.

The 26-year-old forward made just two top-flight appearances off the bench for the Saints following their promotion before a deadline day deal was struck to take him to the City Ground.

And, despite insisting that he happy to spend a year with Sean O'Driscoll's men, Sharp is seeking clarity over his situation at St. Mary's.

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"I still need a few answers from Southampton because I was enjoying my time there but I have no worries about coming here," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It's a massive club with a great fanbase and I am looking forward to playing for Forest."

Sharp, who bagged his only goal of the campaign thus far in Saints' League cup win over Stevenage, went on to express his excitement at joining Forest.

"Obviously I was only two games in and have only come on for a few minutes each game but I spoke to the manager and it was best of me to come here, so I'm delighted to be here," he added.

"From the short time I have been here I can see it's a good team spirit, there is good depth in the squad and there are some good players here."

Forest have made a blistering start to the Championship season, picking up eight points from their four games so far.