The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Char­lie Phillippe

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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

BE­FORE THE PAIN: Scun­thorpe’s Dave Sy­ers holds off York City’s Rus­sell Penn last sea­son

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