Eastleigh boss Ben Strevens has long been a fan of Mark Yeates’s footballing ability, the Daily Echo report.

But he believes that, at the age of 33, the Irishman’s all-round game for the Spitfires is better than ever.

Strevens leads Eastleigh to Maidstone United tomorrow evening (7.45pm) looking to extend a solid run of just one defeat in 12 league games that has carried the club to the brink of the Vanarama National League play-off zone.

Yeates’s attacking flair and set-piece skills have been central to that run, but what impresses Strevens is the workrate that goes with it.

“Yeatesy’s a quality footballer who has played a large chunk of his career in the Championship,” said Strevens.

“I knew him from afar and always thought he was a good footballer, but to work with him on a daily basis you see how good he is.

“On top of that, now everyone can see how hard he is working without the ball as well.

“In Yeatesy’s career, rightly or wrongly, people have said he’s very good on the ball, but not so good without it.”

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