The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Will Green­ing

MARK YEATES has only been at Brad­ford for a mat­ter of weeks but for his mid­fielder part­ner Gary Jones it feels like years.

Yeates, 28, swapped Cham­pi­onship Wat­ford for the Ban­tams in the sum­mer de­spite keen in­ter­est from Mill­wall.

And af­ter Yeates marked his home de­but against Carlisle with a stun­ning strike 36-year-old Jones claims Brad­ford have made a coup by snap­ping him up.

“Yeatesy is a great player with both feet. He has gelled into the team like he’s been here for a while,” said Jones.

“He’s knuck­led down and been pre­pared to put the work in but you can also see that qual­ity about him. He can win a game on his own at times.

“He’s come down from the Cham­pi­onship and not many would have done that. He’s fit­ted in to our sys­tem, the way we play and our work ethic fan­tas­ti­cally well.

“You saw with that goal in the Carlisle game what he’s all about. The way he struck that ball was fan­tas­tic.”

One player look­ing to learn from Yeates and Jones is young striker Oliver McBurnie.

The 17-year-old has been in­vited to train with the first­team squad by boss Phil Parkinson and even spent a week with Manch­ester United.

TWO-FOOTED: Mark Yeates

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