JERRY Yates wants Swindon Town to win promotion into League One as champions and nothing else.

The passionate northerner spoke after Town’s 3-1 victory over Grimsby Town at the weekend, a result that kept Richie Wellens’ side at the top of the League Two table with only a dozen rounds of fixtures remaining.

Ahead of this weekend’s visit to Mansfield – a side that has without question flopped this term – Yates voiced his desire to win the League Two title with Swindon.

It would be the first major honour he could add to his professional CV, should Town win League Two.

And the striker revealed going up as champions is the squad’s collective mentality.

He added: “The main goal is to go up. We obviously want to go up as champions.

“No one minds doing a shift, playing in a different position or dropping out of a game or a few games. But they know they have a fight to get back in the team.

“Going up as champions is my main goal.”

Yates has weighed in with an excellent 14 goals from 34 games this term.

Partnering up front with Eoin Doyle has certainly aided his development away from parent club Rotherham, and it goes without saying that he has been more than satisfied by his time in Wiltshire this term.

“The mentality of all the lads is to go up as champions,” said Yates.

“I have been up with Rotherham but I only played a handful of games. That was a good feeling but it would be even better to go up as champions.

“To go up as the best team in league two would be massive achievement for the lads. That’s what I am striving for.”