In an apparent transfer blow for Rangers, Ibrox-linked striker Jerry Yates has signed a new contract at Blackpool.
Yates had an excellent 2020/21 season for the Seasiders, netting 21 goals and notching eight assists in League One.
His contributions helped Neil Critchley’s side gain promotion to the Championship and attracted attention from other clubs.
The Sun reported in March that Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City were all interested in the £2m-rated attacker and then in April, The72 reported that Rangers had joined the race.
Blackpool were determined to hold onto their star striker for their first season back in the second tier, though, with journalist Pete O’Rourke asserting earlier this month that, amid interest from multiple unnamed clubs, they had opened contract negotiations, despite Yates already being tied down until 2023.
Now, it’s clear that the 24-year-old is staying put, as he’s signed a new deal. He’s secured improved terms through to 2024 with an option for another year.
“I’m delighted to be extending my stay here and really looking forward to the future,” he said [Blackpoolfc.co.uk]
“Last season was the highlight of my career so far. To gain promotion at Wembley, particularly given the tough start we had, was a fantastic achievement by everyone at the Club.
“For the owner and gaffer to show so much faith in me and offer me a new deal is a nice feeling. I’ll work to repay that faith on the pitch over the course of next season and beyond. I can’t wait for what’s to come.”
Yates’ numbers in League One were brilliant last season, suggesting that he’d be capable of making an impact in the Premiership.
However, he’s just one of a number of strikers to be linked with the club this summer and since the initial speculation, Steven Gerrard has added Fashion Sakala to his squad.
With Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe all also already at Ibrox, there’s no pressing need for reinforcements at the top end of the pitch, unless a sale is made in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Rangers’ links to an even more prolific English striker have been rubbished by a club insider.