DANNY YATES says that there will be plenty of competition for places at Batley Bulldogs next season.
The 24-year-old half-back signed for the club in September, after four years with Rochdale.
He won the 2016 League One Young Player of the Year as he helped the club to promotion, before establishing himself as one of the best young talents in the Championship over the last two years.
Despite moving to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium with a good reputation, Yates knows that a regular starting spot in Matt Diskin’s side is far from guaranteed.
Louis Jouffret has signed a permanent deal with Batley for 2019, after striking an impressive partnership with the experienced Dom Brambani in the final weeks of the season.
“They did well (last year) and won their last six, and it’s probably down to those two a lot, so I suppose there is competition for places which is good for me,” Yates said.
“Dom has been in the game for ages and been in the Championship for a long time, so I’ll probably learn a lot from him, and hopefully I’ll break into the team and do well.”
On his own style, Yates said: “I’m probably a bit of an organiser and I’ll help the team around the park.”
He says that he already knows a few of the faces at the Bulldogs, which made the decision to join an easier one.
“I’ve got a few mates that play up there; Lewis Galbraith came up last year and I already know a few of the other boys. I spoke to Diskin and it’s a good club so I just thought I’d make the move, and hopefully do well this year.
“I’ve just been in a week now so I’m just getting to know everyone (else), but everyone seems to be training well and training hard, and they’ve made me feel welcome.”
He also admits that a key reason for making the switch to Batley was to test himself at a higher level.
Rochdale only sealed their place in the Championship for 2019 on the final day of the season, finishing second from bottom with only six wins all year.
Batley finished in seventh place in 2018, and Yates believes he can help them push higher.
“That’s why I made the move, to play at a little bit of a better level and have a bit of competition for places, because I was just playing week in and week out at Rochdale and I think I just needed a bit of a change,” he said.
“Batley are a good team and they weren’t far off the four, and actually got into the four a few years back, so hopefully we can have a good year and try and push for that again.
“The aim (for me) really is just to be playing every week and hopefully make the team a bit better.
“It came good towards the end of last year so hopefully we can pick up where we left off, and we’ve brought in a couple of new signings so hopefully that will lift them that little bit higher.”