David Syers has revealed that the ambition of former City striker Dean Saunders persuaded him to quit Valley Parade for League One outfit Doncaster.

The Leeds-born midfielder turned down the offer of a new Bantams contract to join Rovers on a two-year deal following their relegation from the Championship.

Syers originally signed for City at the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign on non-contract terms after a successful trial and he won the players’ player of the year award that season.

Following the expiry of his contract at the end of last term, Syers was offered a new deal but has chosen to move to the Keepmoat Stadium on a free transfer and play under Saunders.

“I met Dean and ever since then there’s been no looking back,” said 24-year-old Syers.

“It’s an unbelievable club and Dean really sold it to me. After meeting him it was a case of when can I sign and not if.”

City are now waiting to hear back from Simon Ramsden and Luke Oliver, who have been offered new deals and are mulling over their options.

Phil Parkinson, meanwhile, is relishing the challenge of dumping Notts County out of the Capital One Cup after City were yesterday handed a first-round trip to the League One side.

The Bantams face a tough test after being paired with the Magpies for a tie that will take place the week beginning August 13, most likely on the Tuesday.

With the Football League not scheduled to kick off until the following Saturday, the match will act as City’s curtain-raiser for the new season.

Keith Curle’s side finished seventh in League One last term and are expected to push for promotion again.

Parkinson said: “I think most teams would probably prefer a home draw but this tie gives us a great chance to test ourselves against a good side.

“We look forward to the opportunity to go up against opponent from a higher division and see what we can get from it.

“They did well last season, and will be fancied by many to challenge for promotion again next season, but we’ll go into the match fresh and ready to go after pre-season.”