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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 12:34 GMT
Sharpe takes Iceland chance
Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe
Sharpe is hoping to resurrect his career
Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe has been handed the chance to resurrect his career in Iceland.

Icelandic top-flight side Grindavik have signed the former England star on a one-year contract.

And the Scandanavian club believe they tempted Sharpe to their tiny fishing village with the prospect of European football after finishing third in their league to qualify for the Uefa Cup.

"Our backers went over to England to see Lee and he said he might be interested," Grindavik's general secretary Ingvar Gudjonsson told this website.

"We're a club with a big heart.

"He will not be a really rich man but maybe he will be rich in a different way.

"He might become a better football player and a better man after the visit," Gudjonsson added.

LEE SHARPE'S CAREER
Torquay 14 games 3 goals
Man Utd 193, 21
Leeds 30, 5
Bradford (loan) 9, 2
Sampdoria 3, 0
Bradford 18, 0
Portsmouth 17, 0
Exeter 4, 1
Sharpe's career has been in decline since he left Manchester United for Leeds in a 4.5m switch in 1996.

Spells at Sampdoria, Bradford and Portsmouth were followed by a pay-as-you-play deal at Exeter which ended in August.

Grindavik's squad is made up of part-time players and students and their stadium has a capacity of just 1,500.

But Gudjonsson believes a move to Iceland could give Sharpe a new lease of life.

"We have heard Lee is a bit of a party animal and I think Grindavik will be a good place for him to start anew," added Gudjonsson.

"He will be able to walk everywhere and we have a nice training ground. I've heard he is a very good golfer - we have a very nice golf course here.

"Lee is only 31 years old and he still has a few years in him.

"We have a player called Paul McShane who used to be at Glasgow Rangers. He has built his own house here and he's working as a carpenter."





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