NEW Forest Green striker Ross Dyer is confident he can make the step up from the Southern Premier League to the Conference National.
Dyer netted an incredible 51 goals in the past two seasons for Hednesford Town, having risen through the youth ranks to captain the Staffordshire club.
Leaving the home comforts behind is never an easy step for any 22-year-old, but the chance to work with Rovers boss Dave Hockaday and former Hednesford team-mate Reece Styche proved too tempting.
"I've signed a full-time contract and turning pro is something I've wanted to do for a long time," said Dyer.
"I spoke to a few other clubs, but after meeting the gaffer (Hockaday) and looking at the facilities it seemed right.
"The chance to train full-time was another big factor and that should help me make the step up a couple of divisions.
"I like to consider myself as a good all-round striker, playing off the shoulder, although I probably need to utilise my pace a bit more."
Fellow Midlander Styche made an instant impact at Rovers after signing from Chasetown in January, scoring twice on his debut as a second-half substitute at Hayes and Yeading United.
Dyer is excited to be linking up with him again in what is likely to be Hockaday's first-choice front pairing.
"I only had a short spell playing with Reece at Hednesford but we scored lots of goals and I definitely think it's a partnership that can work in the Conference," Dyer said.
"I spoke to him a few times last year when it looked like I might be coming here. I also know Jared Hodgkiss so it's a perfect move for me."
Forest Green's pre-season friendly campaign kicks off next Tuesday with a trip to Frome Town, but Dyer may have to wait a little longer for his debut after missing training with a minor knee injury.
He explained: "It's just a slight strain in my knee, nothing serious but not something you want to rush back from.
"It's annoying not to be kicking a ball with the rest of the lads but rehab is more important at this stage and I want to get it right."