Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan says he empathises with former Watford and Middlesbrough winger Mark Yeates, as he tries to adjust to part-time football.

The 35-year-old was with AFC Fylde in the National League last season, but joined Brig in the Northern Premier Division back in September.




Manager Milligan discussed the arrangement for the ex-Colchester United, Sheffield United and Bradford City man as part of his extended conversation with this site:

“Yeah, he’s still with us, and I’ve said to him ‘come in, get fit, and then see what happens; if someone higher up comes in for you, brilliant.’ He’s enjoyed the training, he’s loved it, he’s a great lad and the lads love him, but it’s been hard for him because he’s come out of full-time football to then not having a wage.

“It’s hard as well, I suffered the same when I came out of full-time football, your fitness goes. It’s tough, and it’s tough to train on your own and keep yourself fit.”

Read the full interview with Jamie


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