DONCASTER ROVERS: David sSyers signs for Rovers

Eye for goal: 24-year-old David Syers scored 12 for Bradford City in his first season.   PICTURE: tony johnson
Eye for goal: 24-year-old David Syers scored 12 for Bradford City in his first season. PICTURE: tony johnson

DONCASTER Rovers have made their first signing of the close season after landing the Bradford City midfielder David Syers.

The 24-year-old was out of contract at Bradford, turned down a new deal and Rovers boss Dean Saunders has been able to bring him to the Keepmoat Stadium on a two-year deal.

Syers, who is from Leeds, played non-league for various West Yorkshire clubs before earning a trial at Bradford two years ago. He impressed and they signed him.

He had an excellent first season and, as a midfielder with an eye for goal, he scored 12 goals.

However last season was cut into when he suffered a knee injury in the opening weeks and was out for three months.

Rovers yesterday landed themselves a derby clash with York City in the first round of the Capital One Cup, the former Carling Cup.

It will be at the Keepmoat Stadium and newly-promoted York are said to be delighted with the draw.

The meeting will certainly bring back bitter-sweet memories for both clubs of the last time they faced each other competitively in the league.

It was in season 2003/04, a magnificent one for Rovers who romped to the old Division Three (now League Two) title in their first season back in the Football League.

That same season, York - despite being ninth after Christmas - never won a game in the second half of the season and were relegated to the Conference.

They have remained there in the subsequent eight seasons until winning their place back after beating Luton Town 2-1 in the Blue Square Bet Premier Play-off final at Wembley last month. This followed their triumph in winning the FA Trophy the previous week.

The last meeting between the clubs was another carnival occasion for Rovers because it was their first home game after they had clinched promotion in the previous home game against Cambridge (although they had had an away game in between).

Almost 8,000 were inside their old Belle Vue ground to see Rovers beat York 3-1.

The first round tie is most likely to be on Tuesday, August 14, four days before the new League season opens.