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I have to prove myself

4 February 2017

Mark Yeates wants his stay at Notts County to be a long-term one after joining until the end of the season.

The winger became Kevin Nolan's first signing for the Magpies after being allowed to leave Blackpool and is determined to earn himself a deal beyond the summer.

"I don't want this to be a stop-gap but the current deal is until the end of the season," he said.

"If things are going well I'm sure I will speak with the gaffer about it but I have to go out and perform, the same as all of the other players in the dressing room.

"Just because I have been the manager's first signing doesn't mean we are best friends. He has brought me in because he rates me and thinks I can do a job for him.

"I've come here because I want to play for Notts County and Kevin Nolan. I'm fully committed to what is going on here and I'm going to give it a right go until the end of the season."

The 32 year-old is used to having to adjust to new surroundings, with Notts being the 13th club of his career.

And he is looking forward to getting his teeth sunk into this new challenge.

"I'm coming here to play football. I didn't have to leave Blackpool but I wasn't happy with how much I had played in the first half of the season.

"I have to go out there on the training pitch and earn my place in the team. Once I do that, I have to prove I am good enough to stay there."

The fleet-footed wideman is looking forward to rekindling old partnerships with former team-mates after reuniting with them at Meadow Lane.

"I know Steady and Forte from playing with them at previous clubs. If I can make chances for them, they will score goals. Their records at this level speak for themselves. If I can chip in with a few myself then great.

"I have always been somebody who likes to get on the ball and express myself whether I give it away or not. I don't think I hide; that is one of my qualities."

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