The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Luke Baker

SH­EFFIELD United skip­per Billy Sharp says any Cham­pi­onship teams that write off the Blades this sea­son do so at their peril.

The 31-year-old striker fired his boy­hood club to pro­mo­tion last term.

He scored 30 goals in 49 ap­pear­ances as Chris Wilder’s men won League One, se­cur­ing a route back to the sec­ond tier at the sixth time of ask­ing.

Every­thing clicked for the Blades as they fin­ished 14 points clear of sec­ond­placed Bolton, and Sharp is cer­tain he and his team­mates will be able to keep their foot on the gas in 201718.

“I’d like to think other teams will have re­spect for us, but if they want to write us off, then fine,” said the ex-Southamp­ton and Leeds United hit­man.

“We’ve got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence at this level and some new ex­cit­ing tal­ent who can make the step up. There are plenty of good op­tions.

“We’ve got to take con­fi­dence from what we’ve just done and chan­nel that go­ing for­ward. Show the same self-be­lief and ‘no fear’ at­ti­tude.

“I def­i­nitely think we can get good re­sults weekin, week-out but if we go through a bad spell, we’ve got to take it on the chin, bounce back and show we’re res­o­lute.”

POS­I­TIVE: Billy Sharp

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