Swindon Town set for significant striker boost

Swindon Town look set to finally get some good news this transfer window, as striker Jerry Yates is set to make a return to the County Ground, as reported by Alan Nixon.

Nixon’s news broke over the weekend, but since then other outlets have also seemingly confirmed the striker is heading back to Wiltshire. He spent the first half of the season on loan with Ritchie Wellens’ side, but was recalled by his parent club earlier this month.

The 23-year-old bagged 12 times for the Robins in all competitions, outscored only by Eoin Doyle who was also a loanee. He got recalled by his parent club, Bradford City, and is unlikely to make a return before the Friday deadline.

Millers boss Paul Warne seemed to indicate a return was possible last week when he commented on the situation.

“I’ll make a decision after this weekend,” the Rotherham boss said. “I think I know what’s happening. I’ll have another chat with Jerry and another chat with Swindon. I’ve got to do what’s right for our club but I’ve got to have a committed player.”

Yates started his career by coming through the Doncaster Rovers academy, switching to Rotherham before turning professional. He signed his first  deal with the Millers in 2014 and has played 52 times for the Millers, bagging five goals.

He has also enjoyed loan spells away from the New York Stadium with the likes of Carlisle United, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town.

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This is bittersweet for Swindon. It’s like having your two kids leaving home and only one of them coming back; you’re happy, but deep down you wish it was the other one who’d made the return.

It is good news though and the belief will be that Yates can form a similar partnership with new arrival Hallam Hope, one which will hopefully see them return to the third tier later this year.


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