Hull City’s recent acquisition, Billy Sharp, reveals that he was on the verge of joining the Championship club last summer before opting for a short-term contract with MLS side LA Galaxy. The former Sheffield United striker made the move to Hull on January 1, less than five months after his stint in America.
Despite having a positive experience during his time in the United States, the 37-year-old expresses that he had desired the move to East Yorkshire instead, indicating a strong interest in joining Hull City earlier.
“It nearly happened in the summer,” Sharp told BBC Radio Humberside.
“I spoke to the manager [Liam Rosenior] then. I like how his teams play, I wanted to join in the summer. It didn’t materialise, but LA [Galaxy] did.”
Hull City officially announced the signing of Billy Sharp on December 20. Despite his prolific career record of scoring 255 goals in 642 league appearances, Sharp had to wait to be registered for his debut with the club. Now eligible for selection, there’s a possibility that Sharp could make his first appearance for Hull City in Saturday’s third-round FA Cup tie against Birmingham.
Sharp said: “I’d love to start and play 90 minutes, but the manager will decide on what he thinks is best for the team, and for myself. I’m sure I am going to make my debut and I’m really looking forward to it.”
When Billy Sharp signed for LA Galaxy, after not being retained by his boyhood club Sheffield United, there was an option to extend his stay beyond the end of 2023. However, the club chose not to exercise this option, concluding Sharp’s stint in the MLS after just 12 appearances.
Despite the limited duration of his time in the United States, Sharp made a notable impact, scoring six goals. However, the striker remains uncertain about the reasons behind LA Galaxy’s decision not to retain him beyond the agreed period.