Reds sign Wigan left-back
Sharp's contract at Wigan was terminated last week by 'mutual' consent and Smith has wasted no time in luring the experienced left-back to the Racecourse Ground, although the player is initially only on a month's contract.
The 27-year-old began his carreer as an apprentice at Leeds United, spending a year on loan with French side Auxerre during his time with the Yorkshire club.
Sharp became the Latics record signing at £100,000 when he joined them at the end of November 1995 and quickly established himself in the side.
However, the last twelve months have seen a dip in form and subsequently appearances this season have been at a minimum.
Sharp made over 200 appearances for Wigan scoring 12 goals but will be remembered by many Latics fans for his sending off at Wembley in the 1999/2000 play-off final against Gillingham and also for his late tackle that resulted in Reading's penalty in last season's play-offs.
His final match for Wigan was last month, ironically in their 5-1 thrashing at the Racecourse in the first round of the LDV Vans Trophy.
Treated like a piece of meet
Speaking to the Wigan Observer, after his contract, which was due to run until next summer, was terminated by 'mutual' consent, the Canadian born defender said that he has been treated "like a piece of meat".
Sharp told the Observer: "I'm absolutely gutted to be leaving, I really loved it at Wigan. It's been said that I handed in a transfer request, but that wasn't true. The manager just didn't want me. It just goes to show in football that you are treated like a piece of meat."
He continued: "I never wanted to leave and I went to see the manager after pre-season training and asked him whether he would be offering me a new deal. He said after having a look at me he didn't want to keep me. It was obvious I had to go."
All time playing career