TYLER Harvey has celebrated turning 20 years old this week by signing a new one-year contract with Argyle.
When asked about any potential difficulty or doubts about making such an important decision in his career, Harvey’s answer was swift: “It was pretty easy.”
The belated birthday present for Tyler, a 12-month deal with the Pilgrims, comes after talks with manager Derek Adams, who has spoken of his interest in developing the youngster as a striker at Home Park. It means he’ll have plenty of attacking peers to learn from and contest with: Ryan Brunt, Jake Jervis, Reuben Reid, Louis Rooney and Deane Smalley.
“That was music to my ears; I’ve always been a striker. One of my good assets, I think, is scoring, so it’s back to what I prefer doing.
“We’ll all bring each other on. You can’t get complacent because there’ll be six of us (strikers) now.”
The former Ivybridge Community College student first signed Centre of Excellence forms with the Pilgrims, aged 9, in July 2004, before signing as an apprentice in 2011.
His involvement with the first team increased dramatically during the 2012-13 season, making 11 appearances for the Pilgrims, including a memorable equaliser in the Boxing Day 1-1 draw with local rivals Torquay United.
The attack-minded Tyler made 24 appearances the following season, scoring in a 2-1 away win at Newport County. He kicked off last season in style with an excellent free kick and assist in Argyle’s opening home game – a 3-0 win over Exeter City – and played 16 more times during the campaign.