Ex-Mansfield man Dyer raring to follow in Lee’s footsteps

Ross Dyer was sidelined for six months after injuring his cruciate ligament playing for Mansfield.
Ross Dyer was sidelined for six months after injuring his cruciate ligament playing for Mansfield.

Ross Dyer is confident he and fellow striker Scott Boden can fill the gap left by Lee Gregory’s departure to Millwall.

The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Shaymen after what he admits was a frustrating end to his time at Mansfield.

Dyer joined the Stags three years ago and was part of their 2012-13 promotion-winning squad.

But he was limited to one appearance that season after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury against Newport which kept him out for six months.

His chances were limited after returning, and Dyer was loaned out to Hereford last season, where he scored three goals in five games.

He said: “It’s been a difficult couple of seasons for me.

“I had the injury the season before last and didn’t get a lot of game time.

“So I wanted to come here and make sure I can get games and re-assert myself.

“It was one of those freak things. I just twisted in the ground at Newport I think it was and popped my cruciate ligament in my right leg.

“I could hear a loud pop and I think some of their players realised it was a bad one too.

“But I got well looked after and I had a good surgeon.

“I can’t complain about the rehab and I’ve come back just as strong if not stronger.”

Dyer was disappointed with the way his time at Mansfield ended but his first impressions of his new team-mates have been positive.

He said: “I was hungry before but it did renew my hunger when I came back.

“It was quite a long process and quite arduous when you’re not making much progress and only seeing that over months at a time.

“I was frustrated I didn’t get the chance at Mansfield but after speaking to the gaffer here it looks like he’s running a small squad so hopefully I can get some games.

“Halifax seemed to be a hard-working team (last season), which is what you need in the Conference.

“You need that togetherness and after meeting the lads and the gaffer they seem a really tight-knit group.

“Team spirit is everything, especially if you are working with quite a small squad.

“But there is good quality there as well - it’s not as if we’re just relying on team spirit.”

Dyer and Boden will have the unenviable task of replacing Lee Gregory’s 32 goal contribution.

“They are quite big shoes to fill,” said Boden.“Lee was at Mansfield just before me and had quite a difficult time there.

“But his scoring record at Halifax is something hopefully me and Scott will emulate.

“I’ll set myself a target and hopefully we can equal or surpass what he did last year.

“There’s been some good strikers at Halifax, with (Jamie) Vardy as well.

“It was one of the things I looked at - the gaffer’s worked well with a few strikers.

“I’ve got the confidence I can score goals - I just need the chance to do it.”