Inconsistent old boy determined to prove Lane doubters wrong

Play-off push: Winger Mark Yeates believes he can realise his full potential with Watford.
Play-off push: Winger Mark Yeates believes he can realise his full potential with Watford.
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MARK Yeates last night vowed to silence his critics at Bramall Lane by firing Watford towards the play-offs next season.

The former Sheffield United winger, who joined the Championship club on Wednesday following a turbulent 18-month spell in South Yorkshire, admitted he needs to produce on a consistent basis or risk being condemned to the periphery of Sean Dyche’s squad.

Yeates showed flashes of the ability which persuaded United to sign him from Middlesbrough in January 2010 before being ostracised by then boss Micky Adams last season following a difference of opinion.

“I am probably one of the oldest lads in the bunch here at Watford,” said Yeates.

“But I wouldn’t see myself as a senior professional because I’m still a young lad at heart.

“Hopefully my experience of playing at this level will help the younger lads but, for myself, I just want to make sure that I can get a run of 20 or 30 games under my belt.

“I’m really hungry and want to go out there and not so much prove a point but definitely show people that I am capable of producing on a consistent basis.

New boss Wilson, who replaced Adams when he failed to save United from League One last term, has moved to fill to void Yeates’ departure created by signing Falkirk’s Ryan Flynn.

The 22-year-old has joined his new teammates in Malta ahead of next week’s friendlies with Sliema Wanderers and Hibernians.

“We needed to add players in that area with Mark Yeates going and so that’s what we’ve done,” Wilson said.

“Ryan is young with potential and has a lot of football in front of him so we have got a good acquisition.”