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Swans sign Blackpool striker Yates

Swansea City have bolstered their forward options for the new season today completing the signing of Blackpool striker Jerry Yates for an undisclosed fee with the Tangerine striker signing a three-year contract.

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Jerry Yates

After undergoing a medical at the clubs Fairwood base, the 26-year-old Englishman has become new Swans head-coach Michael Duff’s third addition of the summer following the arrivals of wide-man Josh Ginnelly and full back Josh Key last week and will wear the Swans number nine shirt.

Yates’ arrival will be a welcome boost for Duff’s side with ongoing speculation over the Swans top scorer from the last two seasons Joel Piroe. The Dutchman continues to be linked with a host of clubs at home and abroad with Leeds United and Italian side Atalanta the latest to join the race to sign the Swans star man in the last 12 months of his contract.

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The arrival of Yates, a three-time promotion winner with Rotherham United, Swindon Town and Blackpool, is somewhat of a coop for the Swans.

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Despite Blackpool’s relegation from the Championship last season, the Tangerines player of the season impressed with 15 goals. The hard-working nature of Yates’ displays drawing plenty of admirers in the second tier with Ipswich, Coventry and West Bromwich Albion all mooted to have been keen on the Doncaster-born forward, but it was the Swans who would win the race for his signature.

For Yates, it would be the talent within the Swansea squad and the project sold by Duff in moving to South Wales that would be key in making up the mind of the former Rotherham United player that Swansea.com Stadium would be a fitting new home.

“I am really excited to be here, I hope I can adapt very quickly because I am really looking forward to getting down to work,” said Yates.

“I spoke to the gaffer and Paul Watson, and everyone at the club has been brilliant with me.

“The facilities are brilliant, and I am just looking forward to getting started.

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“The talent I have seen at Swansea over these last two seasons has been frightening and I am looking to trying to help the team to achieve our goals. “It’s about that togetherness within the group, you always have to believe in yourselves. There is an awful lot of talent here, that goes without saying, but I think you need a little bit more than talent.

“You have got to be able to dig deep when that is needed of you, and hopefully we will have that this year.

“I like to think I am an honest player; I am hard working; I will always give 110 percent. For me, that is the minimum I expect of myself, even if I am not having the best of games or a tough run, I will never stop working hard for the team.

“You have to work hard with the ball and without, there are horrible sides of the game you have to be prepared to do if you want to be successful.”          

(Lead image: Swansea City FC)

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