Rotherham United: Jerry Yates' Millers career could end this summer as he heads for exit door
Jerry Yates' Rotherham United career could end this summer as he heads for the exit door.
The 22-year-old, who came through the ranks at the Millers, is entering the final year of his contract, but looks set to leave the club before the new campaign.
League Two outfit Carlisle, where he spent the first half of last season, are thought to have made a bid for the striker, though a loan move looks more likely.
Yates' career at the AESSEAL New York Stadium has never really taken off and he has made just 51 appearances since making his debut in 2015.
Almost 30 of those have been off the bench and he has managed to find the net only four times during that period.
Boss Paul Warne likes him as a person but does not seem him pushing for a place in his side that will be gunning for League One promotion next term.
Warne's assistant Richie Barker confirmed that Yates' future, immediate at least, lies away from South Yorkshire.
“Jerry will end up going out on loan,” Barker said. “Understandably, he's said he's been stop-start for a couple of years now.
“He's enjoyed his time here but wants to go and play somewhere regularly.
“He had a spell at Carlisle and really enjoyed his time there.
“I commend anybody who comes and says they want to play football because, unfortunately, football is full of people who pick up their money and don't actually want to play.
“We should commend Jerry for the fact he wants to play more regularly.
“A number of clubs have expressed an interest in him.
“Jerry will have opportunities and it will be down to deciding between us, him and his agent on the best place for him to go and spend either half a season or a full season.”
Yates appeared to have found a home at Carlisle last season as he scored six goals in 23 League Two appearances, but Rotherham's inactivity in the January transfer window forced Warne to recall him.
However, he only made seven substitute appearances and was unable to make an impact as the Millers slipped to Championship relegation.