DONCASTER Rovers manager Dean Saunders predicts a ‘big future’ for new signing David Syers and says the former Bradford City man will bring goals to the Keepmoat.
Syers signed last week after rising through the non-league ranks before landing his first professional dean with the Bantams.
But after impressing in League Two, Saunders was quick to get the midfielder to sign with Rovers despite interest from other clubs.
Speaking on Rovers’ website, Saunders said he was pleased bring in a new face this early in the summer: “I knew it was going to be a difficult summer. We’ve had to wait on things.
“We’ve got 12 players in contract and we’re up to the budget spent, so to get players in a few might have to leave.
“The board have allowed me to sign David because there was a number of clubs chasing him and if we didn’t make a decision on him we’d risk losing him.
“I’m really pleased to get him on board. He’s a young player with a lot of enthusiasm who wants to do well. He’s got a lot of ambition, he can run and he scores.”
Saunders said work will continue to build his squad ready for the new season, whose fixtures are released this morning: “A lot of work goes in behind the scenes to get the team right on the pitch. It’s not holiday time for me, it’s when I have to lay the foundations down. I’m on the phone none stop.
“It’s speaking to agents, speaking to players, so that when I do get the green light we hopefully get the players at the top of my list.
“Obviously the longer the summer goes on you can sometimes lose the players that you want because we can’t move until some money gets freed up.
“It’s frustrating but it’s also nice to have a new player at the club. I think he’ll do well for us. He has a big future in front of him - there’s not many midfield players who score.
“We’ve lacked goals from midfield and that’s one part that we’ll have to address. I told him that this is the chance for me to build my own team.
“It’s first chance I’ve had to get my own players on the pitch so we’ll have a good team next season ready for League One.
“I won’t have any hangovers or players thinking they’re too good for League One or feeling sorry for themselves.
“I see it as a blip in a really successful period for the club. Sometimes you have to take a step back.
“It gives us a chance to replenish the group of players.”