The Irish midfield man has penned a two-and-a-half year contract at S2, something which he is shocked about, he confessed. After the departure of Gareth Southgate at Middlesbrough, Yeates, 25, didn't have much of a look in when Gordon Strachan was appointed Boro boss in October.
Yeates, who is familiar with plenty of players' faces at the Lane, admits he'll settle in quickly and is eager to get started. The former Colchester man, though, is cup-tied for United's FA Cup tie at Bolton at the weekend.
In his first interview as a Blade, Yeates said: "It was a strange one last week because a lot of people were probably expecting the deal to happen, but I am delighted it is all signed and sealed now," said the winger, who continued:
"I just can't wait to get out on the training pitch and, hopefully, I can do enough to force my way into the Gaffer's plan for the Reading game, because I am cup-tied at the weekend.
"From an outsider looking in, the team has been doing really well and it was a good result against Middlesbrough at the weekend.
"Looking at Sheffield United, they are in a strong position in the play-off places and it is a massive opportunity for me, personally, and this club to get back into the Premiership.
"As a footballer you are never surprised at what happens, but I would be lying if I said I was expecting all this to be going off at this time, but I am just over the moon to be here."
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