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Gaffer's kind words acknowledged by skipper

21 April 2020

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Billy Sharp was keen to thank boss Chris Wilder for his kind words during a recent interview on Sky Sports News.

Speaking with Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, Wilder declared that appointing Sharp as the Blades captain in the summer of 2016 was 'one of the best decisions he has made' during his tenure as manager and that praise hasn't gone unnoticed by the player himself.

United's number 10 remarked: "It was nice to hear to be honest. I remember the walk we had around Bramall Lane (shortly after his appointment) and he laid all the things down what he wanted me to do and I've tried to do them to the best of my ability and grow as a captain and player in the meantime.

"Looking back on what we've achieved collectively, I'm delighted with how it's gone. I've been proud to wear the armband every time and the boys have supported me from League One, through to the Championship, and now in the Premier League.

"It's always been a great bunch of players to be a leader of and I've loved it. I'd never really thought of being a captain before in my career, I've just wanted to play football and score goals and to be doing it for Sheffield United was always the dream."

Sharp added: "You don't really know what being a captain means until you put the armband on.

"To be the leader (on the pitch) of this club that I've always supported all my life is such a special feeling and it was nice of the Gaffer to acknowledge my contribution."

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