HALIFAX SIGN ROSS DYER
Second New Striker Signs At The Shay
halifaxafc.co.uk, Fri 27 Jun 2014, by Aaron Crosbie
FC Halifax Town are pleased to announce the signing of striker Ross Dyer on a free transfer.
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The 26-year-old joins The Shaymen after being released by Mansfield Town at the end of last season, where he scored 10 goals in 58 appearances.
Dyer began his career with Hednesford Town, where after coming through the youth system, he eventually progressed to become the club’s first team captain.
He then joined Forest Green Rovers on a one-year deal, scoring 5 goals in 31 appearances.
Mansfield Town signed Dyer in August 2011, with the £6000 compensation fee owed to Forest Green Rovers being paid by the club’s fundraising group, the 12th Stag.
Dyer spent a month on loan at Hereford United last season, scoring 3 goals in 5 appearances.
He is manager Neil Aspin’s second new signing following the signing of another striker, Richard Peniket, earlier this week.
We wish Ross well in his time with The Shaymen.
Dyer: The Perfect Club For Me
halifaxafc.co.uk, Fri 27 Jun 2014, by Aaron Crosbie
Aaron Crosbie's Exclusive Interview With Ross Dyer...
Neil Aspin’s summer transfer activity is gathering pace, after he secured his second signing of the summer.
Read more at http://www.halifaxafc.co.uk/news/article/ross-dyer-interview-1656498.aspx#ZSJqJxghKtDYsjVP.99
Striker Ross Dyer joined the club after his release from Mansfield Town at the end of last season, with Dyer admitting that The Shaymen weren’t the only club that expressed an interest in his services.
“To be honest I’ve spoken to a number of clubs of this summer, it’s been quite a busy summer for me. I normally like to get my holidays out of the way early on and then get down to the business with speaking to clubs. The gaffer rang me not so long ago, probably about two or three weeks ago, to offer me the opportunity to come and have a look around the club, I had a chat with him and we seemed to really get on. There seemed to be a real buzz around the club so there wasn’t much selling of the club needed because it was the perfect opportunity for me because I’m looking to do a degree full time at the moment, so the part-time aspect of it was a good thing for me and this is the perfect club for me to come to.”
The 26-year-old stated that the feeling that he got from the club and the manager was a big factor in making his decision.
“It’s obvious with the drive of the club, the fans have been through a rough time of things a few years ago but it shows that the drive of this football club how they have come back through the leagues, so that was obviously one thing that I looked at. It was also a similar feeling to what I got when I joined Mansfield, in their first season they made the play-offs and had ambition to get back into the football league and that is similar here.”
Dyer believes that his experience of being part of a Conference side that has achieved promotion is something that will be greatly beneficial to his new employers.
“I’m not that old but I believe that I can bring a lot of experience from playing in the Conference to help FC Halifax Town to do that. I have learnt a lot from my time at Mansfield, obviously we made the play-offs and we went up as Champions a year later so I hope that my experience is something I can add to the dressing room,”
“It’s something that the gaffer wanted with there being a few young lads in the team, I know what’s needed, from both the players and from the fans really and when I came to the club to have a look around, that all seems to be in place, so it’s all about gelling together as a club and going for the same goal.”
He spent last season on loan at Hereford United, where there was some confusion over his record whilst there on a one-month loan deal, but the move proved to be a real eye-opener for the striker.
“It was actually 4 goals in 5 games I scored, someone to do with their club messed it up because I actually scored two against Chester. Scoring goals is definitely something I want to do, I went back there on loan to get myself some match fitness and had a really enjoyable time. It was whilst I was there that I probably realised that with the bit of confidence I gained that I can score a lot of goals in the Conference.”
After completing his move to The Shay, Dyer said he now had now set his sights on impressing in an FC Halifax Town shirt.
“There has been a few good strikers at the club and really I would like to emulate what they have done if not push it even further. I have got confidence in myself that I can come back to the Conference and score goals this year.”
Dyer had this message for the FC Halifax Town supporters:
“First and foremost, I put 100% into every game, it’s a trait I’ve had since I was a young lad. Obviously players can have off days and even when I am having one I still like to put myself about and put in 100% all the time, so they can definitely expect to see that. I have a lot more experience than when I was a younger man, so I think I will be able to do a lot of intelligent things on the pitch and help my teammates through difficult situations, but the most important thing is that I will score goals this year so they can look forward to celebrating quite a few goals from me hopefully.”
With the lone striker role up for grabs next season after the departure of Lee Gregory to Millwall, Dyer admitted that he is looking to make the position his own.
“The gaffer has told me he is going to be playing with that sort of system and I believe that I can do well in, it is a system that the lads at the club are used to playing in, so if I can fit into that role nicely then there is no reason why we can’t pick up where the lads left off last year and have a good crack at this league.”
With the first pre-season friendly just over two weeks away, fans of FC Halifax Town will be pleased to know that their new striker is eagerly anticipating getting started.
“I’ve been in the full-time game for a few years now so starting pre-season early has become habit really, obviously you give yourself a few weeks off during the summer and then just start getting your fitness back during the off-season. I’ve been doing quite a bit for the last few weeks and obviously we start as a squad tomorrow, which is where I’ll meet all the lads,”
I can’t wait to get started, it’s always the same in the off-season because there is no football. Obviously the World Cup has been on this year but that ended quickly for us, so I’m hoping to get a good pre-season under my belt, get to know the lads and the way they play and they can get to know how I play because I will be slightly different to what they are used to with Lee Gregory, so it is the perfect time for us to gel and hopefully by the time the start of the season comes around we will be firing on all cylinders.”
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