TFF Non-League chats exclusively to one of the latest recruits to Alfreton Town. Chris Sharp talks us through his career to date, his idols and what he hopes to achieve during his time at the club.
It’s been a successful summer so far for The Reds with the signings they have made which include former Grimsby skipper Craig Disley. The Derbyshire-based club will be hoping for a better season after only finishing two places above the drop zone but with the signings so far, the club could be shaping up for a top half finish.
Chris Sharp becomes the third signing for Alfreton following Craig Disley and Luke Shiels who signed deals early this week. The 30-year-old forward spent his youth at Welsh club Rhyl before signing for Bangor City where he scored 33 goals in 40 games. Earning him a move to The New Saints where he scored 22 goals in 29 appearances, winning the Welsh title and playing in the Champions League in the process. He then followed this up with spells at Telford, Lincoln City, Hereford United, Stockport County, Colwyn Bay, Salford, Marine and Bradford Park Avenue.
Q: How does it feel to sign for Alfreton and what are your ambitions as a club for next season?
CS: I’m over the moon, I spoke to the gaffer and from the minute he outlined how he wanted to play and where he wanted me to fit into that I knew I wanted to sign. His enthusiasm and views on the game were infectious and I can’t wait to get started now.
Q: What is the difference in football in England compared to Wales?
CS: From my time playing, I think the major difference I found was the professionalism from the clubs and the players. The attention to detail on set pieces and shape for the team we would be playing. The pace was a lot quicker and you were coming up against very experienced ex-football league players in most of the teams, which brought its own challenges. I still follow the Welsh Premier League and know a lot of lads playing in the league and the general feeling is that the league has improved greatly, you only have to look at the players they have playing there now and the success of the teams in European competition to see this.
Q: Growing up or now do you or did you have an idol? And if so, who?
CS: I did have a few as a kid obviously my dad but that’s the same for most kids growing up. The original Ronaldo was the main man when I was growing up. Domestically, I loved Robbie Fowler I used to try and copy everything he did (which for an Evertonian is unheard of) and then as I grew up Henrik Larsson at Celtic was another. I think as you get older you tend to not have idols but I would still be in awe of any of those guys if I saw them now.
Q: Looking ahead to the future, what are your career aspirations?
CS: It would be great to be part of a successful team and win some silverware. I had a taste of this during my time in the Welsh Premier League and there is no better feeling in football. Personally, would also like to move into coaching in some capacity.
I would like to thank Chris Sharp for the time to ask him those questions and wish him the best of luck in the future.
Feature image credit: Stuart Shepherd