Bradford City: David Syers interview

Last season, Dave Syers was scoring against the likes of Solihull Moors, this year, he's banging them in past Nottingham Forest – a goal that effectively earned him a full-time deal at Bradford City.

The former Ossett Albion, Farsley Celtic and Harrogate Town man has signed a year's contract at City with an option to extend it, should he impress.

It's been a whirlwind four weeks since the trial began.

His first match was a friendly at North Ferriby and he then accompanied City on their tour of Essex and disappointment seemed on the cards after injuring his ankle at Canvey Island.

City boss Peter Taylor saw potential though and allowed him to stay on and he featured in City's final friendly against Bradford Park Avenue.

The season started four days later and the opening match with Shrewsbury was followed by the Nottingham Forest Carling Cup clash and Syers was shocked to receive a call-up for action.

"It's been surreal and unbelievable," he said

"It was only meant to be a week's trial and I had to keep speaking to the gaffer to see what his thoughts were and whether he wanted me to

keep coming back in.

"I spoke to him the Friday before (the Forest game) and he said he had wanted to make a decision on me before now, but because of the injury,

I want to see you for another week and I'll give you a definite decision by next Friday.

"Obviously, there was no mention of the Notts Forest game or anything and there was the Shrewsbury game on the Saturday which I hadn't registered for.

"So I didn't expect to be in the squad for the Notts Forest game.

"But, he rang up on the Sunday night to tell me to sign the non-contract forms and I jumped at the chance."

He made his competitive bow for City in the Forest game and 12 minutes after coming on as half-time, he hit the equaliser which set City on their way to a 2-1 win.

Syers' goal also set up a nervous three days to see if he would be offered a full-time contract.

"I knew I had done myself no harm with getting the goal, but having said that, there was no guarantee," he said.

"We were off Wednesday, back in Thursday and the gaffer called me in after training on the Thursday.

"We sat down and he offered me a contract and we went through everything and I was extremely happy when I signed it on Friday morning.

"I didn't really have any time to celebrate because I signed on the Friday and we had the Stevenage match on the Saturday.

"I went out for a meal with the parents when they came back from holiday, but that was about it."

The 22-year-old has been a well-known figure on the non-league circuit for six years with his spells at Ossett , Farsley and Harrogate.

He made his name at Ossett as a versatile player, who could even be used as a goalkeeper.

Syers played for Eric Gilchrist's team while still at school and made more than 150 appearances at Dimple Wells.

He made the step-up to Conference North level last summer – joining Farsley and was voted player of the season at Throstle Nest following 12 goals and a penalty save – after he was forced between the sticks following an injury to stopper Piotr Skiba.

The Celts failed to finish the season due to the financial crisis and Syers ended the campaign with Harrogate Town where he scored six times and was the club's leading scorer.

Guiseley was the next stop in June and he signed forms for Steve Kittrick's side before the biggest chance of his life came – although Guiseley were aware the deal was off if City offered him a deal.

And Syers' dream move is one he mainly attributes to Albion boss Gilchrist.

"He's been great and I was speaking to him all through the trial," he said.

"I spoke to him and Neil Parsley and I've kept in contract and discussed things with them.

"Without a doubt, they've got me into this position.

Speaking of his early years, Syers adds: "If you can handle the physical side of Unibond First Division football, anywhere higher you can deal with."

He will, of course, have to be able handle League Two football if he is to play a key part in helping City achieve their ambitions.