STEPPING up in the football world has never been much of a problem for David Syers, the young man now committed to moving from League Two up to League One after joining Doncaster Rovers.
Syers made arguably his biggest step up when he got into league football in the first place but he had already had been upwardly mobile non-league circles.
His early days with such as Ossett Albion, Harrogate Town and Farsley saw him moving up at various times within football’s pyramid.
He had just joined Guiseley of Blue Square North when he got the chance of a trial with Bradford City.
They took him on a non-contract basis and, the following day, he made the sort of impact youngsters playing from non-league football could normally only dream about.
He went on as a substitute and scored in a Carling Cup shock against Nottingham Forest. The next day he was signed on a year’s contract by Bradford.
He agreed a further 12 months last Summer but declined a new deal this time and Rovers contacted him.
“I met Dean Saunders and after hearing what he’d got to say and the plans for the club and myself, I had no thoughts about anything other than signing for Rovers,” said Syers, 24. “I was impressed and I can’t wait to be part of it. I want to be involved challenging at the top of this division.”
n Rotherham United are believed to be closing in on right winger Jon-Paul McGovern and he could well be their eighth signing of the summer.
McGovern, who has previously played for Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, is at Carlisle but they gave him permission to speak to Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
Neither club will confirm anything but Rotherham are expected to announce the signing early next week and, as he has a year remaining on his contract, the Millers will pay a fee, possibly something close to £100,000.
Rotherham defender Troy Brown, who was allowed to leave this week, has joined Aldershot the club where he was on loan during the second half of last season.