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Ryan Yates: 'I jumped at the opportunity of joining Scunthorpe United'


Joe Jones

Former Notts County loanee Ryan Yates has revealed he "jumped" at the opportunity to join Scunthorpe United on loan and reiterated his desire to become a first-team player at Nottingham Forest.

The 20-year-old was sensational for the Magpies in the first half of the season, making 29 appearances in all competitions and scoring six goals plus registering three assists.

However, his time at Meadow Lane came to an end when he was recalled by Forest on January 10 and shipped out to Glanford Park a day later.

Since then Yates has made just three appearances for the Iron, totalling 120 minutes of football, but he outlined his hopes of success both at the League One club and his employer.

“As soon as I heard the genuine interest from Scunthorpe I jumped at it because I want to challenge myself and play as high as I can, and this is a great place for me to be,” he told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“These boys want promotion and that’s the only aim. It’s all the players spoke about when I got it, the attitude is that we are getting promotion – I love that.

“I want to keep learning every day. I am only 20 and I know I can learn a lot from these players. I want to keep learning, playing and enjoying myself, and I am enjoying myself a lot at this club.

“We had that winning mentality at Notts County under Kevin Nolan and it is exactly the same here.

"The manager is relentless all the time. Every day in training we are at it because we have big goals we want to achieve by the end of the season.

“I want to prove myself at this level and show people that I have what it takes.

"It’s going to be fantastic for my development, hopefully we have a successful season here and I’ll go back to Nottingham Forest a better player.

“I am contracted to Nottingham Forest, have been there since I was eight years old, so it would be fantastic if I could break into the side.

“It would mean everything to break into the first-team at Forest. They have some really top players there who have played at the highest level.

“If I am going to get in, I know I will need to go back there in a really good condition with great experience.”

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Some people whine on about 'how great' he was, he'd struggle now - he was a good player on his day but was prone to going missing. His move hasn't worked out and I think it will only worsen for him.

Scunthorpe form also dipped, such a small club forgot about the 'bigger boys' knocking on there door.

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