Jerry Yates admits he’s thankful to Neil Critchley and the Blackpool Board for showing the faith in him in offering a long-term contract.
The new signing joined the Seasiders earlier this week on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee from Rotherham United, joining ex-Swindon Town team-mate Keshi Anderson at Bloomfield Road.
Despite interest from other Clubs for his services this summer, Yates fully believes he made the right decision in coming to Blackpool, given the vision that’s in place for the future of the Club.
“The Club has a clear path of where they want to go, and it was hard to not get excited by it,” he admitted.
“There’s a real ambition here to get the Club back where it belongs and that stems from the Owner, Head Coach and all of the staff at the Club. I spoke to Neil Critchley initially and he made me feel important and explained how much he wanted me to come here.
“I want to repay the faith he has already shown in me at this early stage of the season, and I’ll work tirelessly to do that.”
Yates had an impressive campaign last season, scoring 14 goals for Swindon Town to help them on their way to the League Two title and the striker is hopeful he can replicate that form in tangerine over the coming months.
“Hopefully the fans can expect goals and a desire to work hard and keep pushing,” he said.
“I’m a firm believer that if you work hard, you’ll reap the benefits. I believe there’s real quality within the team here and we’re optimistic we can achieve our goal come the end of the season.”