Former Watford, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough winger Mark Yeates has no desire to finish playing yet.

The Irishman, who recently turned 36, joined Bamber Bridge this season, having left AFC Fylde after the 2019/20 campaign was brought to a conclusion.

With the Northern Premier Division season currently on hold, and decreasing hope of it being completed, Yeates has said he hopes Jamie Milligan’s side will get their chance to come back stronger next season.

The ex-Colchester United star said as part of an in-depth feature with this site:

“I know Jamie, we live in the same area and we often used to bump into each other, and he’d say ‘you’d love it down at our place’. I knew some of the boys there anyway, Macauley Wilson was a young lad at Blackpool when I was there and made his debut with me, so it was easy to go in.

“A really good club, very welcoming, It’s a great little ground and the pitch has got to be up there with the best in the league.

“The way Jamie and Hillsy (assistant John Hills) want to play, it works well for me, because they want to play football, they want to get it on the deck. His coaching’s really good, he’s like me, he wants to see lads get on the ball and express themselves.

“I think I’ve only played five games since I’ve been there because of all these different circumstances, with games being called off, the lads having to self-isolate for a couple of weeks.

“I hope that next season – because it’s probably not gonna be this season now – the Bamber team can be done properly, Milly can get the group together and we can have a pre-season, I can get myself fully fit.

“I’m only 36 so it’s not like I’m completely done. I feel I have another year in me at least to have a go at it.”

Read the feature with Mark here

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