Sharp surprised at Forest switch
Billy Sharp has revealed that his season-long loan move from Southampton to Nottingham Forest came completely out of the blue.
The striker had been expecting to be a key part of the Saints' squad this season after arriving at St Mary's from Doncaster Rovers for £1.8m at the end of transfer window in January.
Sharp quickly repaid manager Nigel Adkins for his faith in him by netting nine goals in 15 games as they sealed their promotion to the Premier League.
However, he was left stunned on Friday when Adkins decided to let him go to Forest after just two substitute appearances for the top-flight new boys this season, and the 26-year-old is now wondering if he will be wanted back by the Saints once the loan is over.
Sharp told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I still need a few answers from Southampton because I was enjoying my time there but I have no worries about coming to Forest.
"It's a massive club with a great fanbase and I am looking forward to playing for Forest."
Only days earlier, the former Sheffield United hitman had reminded Adkins about his scoring abilities by getting off the mark for the season in Southampton's Capital One Cup win over Stevenage.
Sharp had hoped that would result in an opportunity to start in the Premier League, but instead the Saints boss advised him to team-up again with Sean O'Driscoll, who had managed him previously at Doncaster.
The forward added: "Obviously I was only two games in and have only come on for a few minutes each game but I spoke to the manager [Adkins] and it was best of me to come here, so I'm delighted to be here.
"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."