Yeates lured by first team chance

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Watford’s Mark Yeates, who signed from Sheffield United yesterday, is hoping to be involved in first team activities at Vicarage Road this season after leaving Yorkshire for the lure of London.

Yeates has had a relatively unsettled career thus far, after being loaned to five different Npower Championship clubs during his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 26-year-old’s spell at Bramall Lane was also cut short after a disagreement with former manager Micky Adams, and whilst Danny Wilson wanted to keep the player with the Blades, a move to Watford was appealing to the Irishman.

"With regular football you get a smile on your face again and you can show people what you are capable of," said Yeates.


"That's all I want. Playing football regularly is when I usually play to my best ability and that is what I am hoping to do for Watford."

The promise of an opportunity to challenge for for a place in the first team was more than enough to convince Yeates over the move, and he hopes to convince manager Sean Dyche that it was a move worth taking this summer.

"I spoke to the gaffer and he impressed me bucket loads. He pretty much swayed me after 10 minutes," he continued.

"The main thing for me is that he's offering me first-team football on a regular basis.”

Dyche hasn’t given Yeates a golden ticket with the Hornets though, and insists the player will have to prove his worth to the team this pre-season.

The Watford manager said: "I'm sure he's looking forward to the challenge of not only earning his place in the side but also delivering consistently good performances."

The versatile winger, who was reportedly bought for £200,000, is ready to step up to the challenge.

"I just want to get in, get the games under my belt and get cracking.”

Watford will face Wealdstone FC in a pre-season warm up game on July 19, a match which is likely to be Yeates' first piece of action for the club.

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