Tyler Steps Up

TYLER Harvey has signed his first professional contract.

The deal puts the icing on the cake of an incredible 2012-13 season for the young striker, who first signed Centre of Excellence forms with his hometown club in 2004.

The son of well-known South West Peninsula League player Lee Harvey, Tyler played for Plymouth Schools Under 15s before signing apprentice forms in 2011.

From there, the Oreston-born striker has flourished and, as a result,  was first elevated to first-team duties as an unused substitute in the 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory at Home Park in October 2011.

That taste of the first-team was only the beginning for Tyler and a debut away at Bradford followed.

Teen Sensation: Tyler takes on Nathan Doyle during his debut
against Bradford City

However, it was on Boxing Day, in front of a bumper 10,000+ crowd for the visit of Torquay United that Tyler really introduced himself.

With the Pilgrims trailing 1-0 and desperate for a goal, Harvey, like many good goal scorers before him, arrived in the right place at the right time to drive home a 90th-minute Argyle equaliser, right in front of the FES Devonport End.

Tyler finished the season having made ten first-team outings and was nominated for the League 2 Apprentice of the Year award.

"I’ve got a lot of time for him," said Argyle manager John Sheridan.

"From what I’ve seen of him in training, he’s got some really good qualities in his game.

“He’s made that little step up, he trains with the first team and, even in training, he needs to score more goals.

“This year will do him the world of good and, with a good pre-season in him, next year, he’ll be pushing for a place.”