DAVE BREATHES A SYER RELIEF...
DAVE Syers thought his season was over after just ten minutes in August – now Scunthorpe’s comeback kid is out to save the Iron from the League One drop.
After helping fire United to promotion last season with ten goals from midfield, a summer of twiddling thumbs and counting down the days to the new campaign ensued for the former Non-League nomad.
But the Leeds-born ace’s enthusiasm soon turned to despair when he ruptured the lateral ligament in his right knee and tore a hamstring while making a challenge in the opening-day defeat to Swindon. Experts told him to sit tight for the entire season and Scunny have suffered in his absence – their League One status is still not secure with three games left.
But one bright spot has been Syers’ remarkable resurrection against Peterborough on Good Friday – months ahead of schedule – and the 27-year-old says he is on a mission.
“It was extremely hard for me to get my head around the fact that my season was going to be over after just a few minutes in the first game of the campaign,” he said.
“As a footballer it’s hard to explain just how frustrating it is when you are not able do the job that you’re paid to do.
“You still have to go in to the training ground and see everyone every day, but all you can do is your rehab work – and you can’t get out on the pitch with them.
“Initially, we thought that the injury would keep me out for three to four months, which is bad enough, but you can get your head around that.
“You can think that if you work hard you can be back by Christmas and you’ll be able to have a good second half to the season.
“But after consultations with the surgeons, it became apparent that that wasn’t going to be the case for me and it was going to be a lot longer.
“It felt horrible being out for that long so to be out for double that was very hard to take.
“From the start it was all about working hard and achieving my goals so I could get back quicker than the date that was set for me and try to play some football before the end of the season.”
Previously, Syers’ longest period out of the game was a three-month setback during his time at Bradford.
This eight-month wait has been hard enough for Syers to contend with but the midfielder, who has a classics degree, admits it has been made tougher by Scunthorpe’s battle to avoid an immediate return to League Two.
“It’s not the situation I thought I would be coming back to and it’s not the position we want to be in but we’ve been on a bad run for a while,” added the former Ossett Albion, Harrogate, Farsley and Guiseley midfielder.
“It is still in our hands and it is up to us to get points. If we don’t, we will only have ourselves to blame but we are fully confident that we can get the points we need and we will be in League One next season.”
BEFORE THE PAIN: Scunthorpe’s Dave Syers holds off York City’s Russell Penn last season