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Yeates sets Premier goal

FORMER Tottenham man Mark Yeates is hoping for a return to the Premier League with his new club Sheffield United.

Dubliner Yeates has today finally completed his move from Middlesbrough to the Blades in a deal worth an estimated £450,000.

Yeates only joined Boro from Colchester United last summer having been signed by Gareth Southgate and was allowed leave the Riverside by new boss Gordon Strachan.

Former Cherry Orchard man Yeates has already move up the league table with his transfer, leaving mid-table Boro for a Blades side who are sixth, and Yeates, who played in the top flight for Tottenham, is hoping for another chance to play in the Premier League.

"Looking at Sheffield United, they are in a strong position in the play-off places and it is a massive opportunity for me, personally, and this club to get back into the Premiership," said Yeates, who made his Premiership debut for Tottenham back in April 2004 and managed four appearances for Spurs before he joined Colchester in 2007.

Yeates was one of the major summer signings by Southgate at the start of this season and the Tallaght man was popular on Teeside, scoring once in 19 league games for Boro. But when Blades boss Kevin Blackwell made an inquiry about the player, new Boro chief Strachan was happy to take the money and allow the Ireland B cap to leave.

"As a footballer you are never surprised at what happens, but I would be lying if I said I was expecting all this to be going off at this time, but I am just over the moon to be here," said Yeates, who joins another ex-Cherry Orchard man Stephen Quinn in the first team squad at Bramall Lane.

"I think I can add something to the team because we seem a pretty good fit. I already know a lot of the lads here so settling in shouldn't be a problem. It will be like walking into a dressing room I've been in all my life," he added.

"It was a strange one last week because a lot of people were probably expecting the deal to happen, but I am delighted it is all signed and sealed now.

"I just can't wait to get out on the training pitch and, hopefully, I can do enough to force my way into the Gaffer's plan for the Reading game, because I am cup-tied at the weekend.


"From an outsider looking in, the team has been doing really well and it was a good result against Middlesbrough at the weekend."

Blackwell is glad to have the 25-year-old on board. "We're always looking at good players and Mark certainly falls into that category," he said.

"I'm delighted to bring him here and I've been after him for quite a while.

"I tried to get him at the start of the season but thought the fee involved was too high.

"He's got all the attributes that we wanted from someone in that position. Good delivery, pace and a real will to win.

"Ever since Cotts (David Cotterill) left (for Swansea) we've needed someone in there and, in fairness, I think Mark imposes himself more."