Swindon Town have confirmed striker Jerry Yates has been recalled by his parent club Rotherham United.
The twenty-three-year-old signed a season-long loan with the Robins in the summer, but the Millers have cut the deal short, and Yates follows fellow former loanee Eoin Doyle back to Yorkshire.
Bradford recalled Doyle two weeks ago after he scored twenty-three goals to help Swindon to the top of the League Two table, and the departure of Yates is another massive blow to their promotion hopes.
Yates scored thirteen goals in twenty-nine appearances, making him the second top scorer in the division behind Doyle. He will now be available for the Millers own promotion challenge. Rotherham are currently top of League One with an excellent chance of an immediate return to the Championship.
The committed forward’s hard-working performance made him a firm favourite with the County Ground faithful who were understandably unhappy and concerned when they took to social media to react to the news.
Many are hoping owner Lee Power and manager Richie Wellens have replacements lined up for a frontline that is now considerably weaker than it was a few weeks ago.
Here is a selection of responses to the news on Twitter.
Ffs! Terrible news for us! Need to sort out some strikers ASAP now!
— David Rhodes-Finney (@finney86) January 22, 2020
When Yates got sent off at Colchester and left us short up front, Power did his stuff and got Doyle in basically next day. Time to repeat! Can Power afford another season languishing in league 2?
— Chris Howell (@howler50) January 22, 2020
Now watch the slide down the table. Top 2 scorers in the league have both been recalled. We don’t have anyone else that will even come close to ED or JY. Oh well, was good whilst it lasted.
— MRF1974 (@MarkFrancis1974) January 22, 2020
Good luck Yates lad, way to good for this league!
— Swindon_Live (@Swindon_Live) January 22, 2020
Out of our control and difficult to take…. concerned. Is there a plan B, C or even D. We are in trouble …
— Martin Crook (@MartinCrook1208) January 22, 2020
Gutted to lose him, but this is why you do t rely on loans. Come on Power time to sort this situation quickly!
— Peter Sharp (@SharpyPeter) January 22, 2020
Incredible loanee. Whilst I want to cry, have been lucky to have a player of his calibre at the club.
— Jon (@JMJonaathan) January 22, 2020
Don’t worry folks, I suspect Power has given RW an open cheque book to go out & buy a striker or two.
— SwindonSparkle (@markfry71) January 22, 2020
— Nick B Retro 33 Show (@NickOnCorinium) January 22, 2020