Doncaster Rovers: Syers meets his match

Dave Syers, who was playing non-league football three years ago, is excited about the challenge ahead.

Dave Syers, who was playing non-league football three years ago, is excited about the challenge ahead.

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Doncaster Rovers’ return to the Championship is a marriage made in heaven for Dave Syers.

The all-action midfielder will tie the knot with partner Hannah Bickers this weekend.

But the 25-year-old could be forgiven for already planning a post-honeymoon assault on the second tier, capping a remarkable rise to prominence for the Leeds University graduate.

Three years ago Leeds lad Syers was playing for Harrogate Town to help fund his studies. Now the Championship is in his sights.

“Everyone’s enjoying the break, but they can’t wait to get going next season,” said Syers.

“I just can’t wait for it. It’s another league up and another chance to see how far I can go.

“As a Sunderland fan I had half an eye on whether they’d come down and I’d get the chance to go to the Stadium of Light.

“As a Leeds lad as well it’s nice to be able to look forward to a trip to Elland Road.”

Syers is one of just seven players under contract for next season - and hopes to be reunited with the majority of his teammates when pre-season training commences in July.

“John Ryan is a great man and he’s got a lot of plans in place,” he said.

“There’s seven of us contracted for next year and hopefully a lot of the other lads will be sorted soon.”

With a wedding looming, the last couple of months have been an emotional rollercoaster for the former Bradford City midfielder.

Winning League One the way Doncaster did is just about sinking in.

“You couldn’t write that sort of ending to a season,” said Syers.

“I remember running up the other end and I think I got to the half-way line by the time Copps put it in.

“I didn’t know what to do, I was just jumping around. I didn’t realise the match was still going. It was just absolute pandemonium.

“To go from the despair of the penalty to the joy of Copps scoring, inside 20 seconds, was just incredible.”