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Come In No. 11 - Final Word On Yeates

Come In No. 11 - Final Word On Yeates

Departed midfielder Mark Yeates has paid tribute to Colchester United following his transfer to Middlesbrough.

He was a popular player during his overall combined three seasons with the U`s, but he has revealed he had a "great affection" for United. Speaking on the U's official website yesterday, Yeates` comments looked like an open letter for the fans.

"I loved my time at the U's and I can't thank them enough for the last two years and obviously the year we got promoted while I was on loan.

"I have played most of my league games at Colchester and have a great affection for the club. While I will be doing all I can to get Middlesbrough back up to the Premier League, I will be keeping an eye on the U's results and hoping that they have a successful season."

Also yesterday, a friend of Gareth Southgate`s and former United goalie, Andy Woodman, thinks the player will not fulfil his potential fully after leaving the U`s.

He said, in the Colchester Gazette: "In Gareth, he will be playing for a young and progressive manager. We`ve spoken to each other about Mark a few times. It`s an excellent move for Mark."

Gareth Southgate himself was enthusiastic about his potential, and said on Middlesbrough`s club`s website: "He has a great dead-ball delivery, which will be very important for us. Nobody should jump to conclusions about where he`ll be playing," he said.

Former England international Southgate explained: "Colchester didn`t want to lose the lad and several clubs were in for him, two of three of them in serious negotiations. Bu Mark wanted to come to Middlesbrough."

On a swealtering day like today, it`s fitting that the East Anglian Daily Times should try to clear away any clouds left by Yeates departure and journalist Carl Maston reckons the U`s will be able to push for promotion regardless of the sale.

He writes today: "Paul Lambert is a manager who believes in teams, not individuals. There was life after Kinsella, and after Lua Lua. And there will be after Yeates!" Here, here!

Fittingly, yesterday`s comments from Yeates himself should close the summary. He is excited about playing in the Championship next term, and told 'Boro fans: "I can play on the right or the left. I played a full season's Championship football on the right for Colchester, while I played most of last season on the left."

In these quotes from Sky Sports, he continued to show commitment, saying: "For a winger, I think my goals record is quite good.

I got 13 last season and eight by Christmas the season before until I got injured. I promise the fans I'll give 110 per cent. I'm hungry to prove that I deserve to be here."


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Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Saturday June 27 2009
Time: 5:21PM

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Bye Yeatesy, thanks for the mermories.
StevieG Col U
28/06/2009 20:42:00
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On the boro website it said Yeates was known for his effort teamwork, tackling back and chasing lost causes! Is there another Mark Yeates playing somewhere cos the way he waved his foot at tackles like a girl im surprised he never broke his leg. As for chasing back i can only ever remember him losing the ball chasing back a few yards then giving up. Good player but by no means a team player. We should have more balance in the side without him and I think Hackney is a better all round winger.
ooohhJohnnieJackson
28/06/2009 21:41:00
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In terms of a winger, I have to agree... what would you say Yeates is? Pobably an inside-foward, which doesn't mean striker. It means something different to being a winger. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_forward)
Matt_Us
29/06/2009 02:52:00
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And yes, maybe he never chased things back...!
Matt_Us
29/06/2009 02:52:00
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Hackney could prove to be a great player next season, let's hope he can be better than Yeates, even if he might not be!!
Matt_Us
29/06/2009 04:14:00
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Yep, Yeates is a lot of things but not a team player, who tracks back and works hard. That's one reason why we'll be better without him IMO, Hackney and Vincent will do a lot more back-tracking then Yeatesy ever done!
StevieG Col U
29/06/2009 08:51:00
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Sounds like a good thing to me, a good trade for his free-kicks though?
Matt_Us
29/06/2009 10:43:00
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