Blackpool have accepted an offer from Championship outfit Swansea City for striker Jerry Yates, as confirmed by journalist Peter O’Rourke via a Twitter Post.
Yates looks set to move to South Wales as the two clubs have agreed on a fee. The forward has attracted a vast amount of Championship interest following the coastal club’s relegation to League One.
Who is Jerry Yates?
The Doncaster-born striker started his career at Rotherham United, having loan spells at Harrogate Railway Athletic, Harrogate Town and Carlisle United, scoring six for the Cumbrians in his first season in League Two, before being recalled by the Millers in January to provide cover for injuries.
His most prolific loan spell came with Swindon Town. The forward struck a formidable partnership with top scorer Eoin Doyle, scoring 13 as Richie Wellens’ side won the League Two title in the 2019/20 season.
Yates joined Blackpool the following summer on a three-year contract, ending the season as the Tangerine’s top scorer, scoring 23 goals as Neil Critchley’s side secured promotion at Wembley through the play-offs. The front man was voted as the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for the club’s 2020/21 promotion campaign.
Finding his feet in the second tier, the Yorkshire-born striker hit 14 goals last term, finishing as the coastal club’s top scorer despite the Seasiders’ relegation to the third tier.
What has been said?
Speaking on his admiration of the player, Neil Critchley told The Gazette:
“First and foremost he’s a brilliant person, a great individual, he brings so much energy to the training ground and onto the pitch.
“You want your best players and Jerry is definitely one of them, but you also want players who want to be here as well”
Yates has been a very loyal servant to the coastal club, despite the ups and downs that the club have experienced in recent years.
However, he has shown to be more than capable at Championship level so it should not come as a surprise to see this move appeal to the player.
Yates brings bags of energy and a keen eye for goal and he will prove a key asset for Duff as he looks to implement his front-pressing system. The 26-year-old brings bags of energy and a keen eye for goal. Overall, this is a great signing for Swansea in my honest opinion.