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Yao On Trial at West Ham
Yao On Trial at West Ham
Saturday, 24th Jul 2010 17:41

Former Town midfielder Devann Yao is on trial with West Ham and scored a goal as a Hammers XI lost 4-2 to League Two Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon. The American was released by Town at the end of the season.

The 20-year-old wideman netted his goal just before half-time, curling the ball into the net from 16 yards.

The New Yorker, who was previously with Metz, Pisa, Livorno and St Mirren, spent a long spell on trial with the Blues late last year, winning himself a contract until the end of the season. However, the Yao failed to impress in Town’s reserves and was let go in May without making a senior appearance.

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BLUEBEAT added 18:19 - Jul 24
massive news - he will be sorely missed


shaun_ald added 19:05 - Jul 24
i think yao should have been thrown in at the deep end with us last season, would have given us some pace and creativity on the wing and could have been good, whats the worst that could of happened?

jdf987 added 19:38 - Jul 24
Cocky guy by the sounds of it on his facebook!

arc added 20:32 - Jul 24
The new Premiership season, featuring Billy Clarke and Devann Yao. Fabulous.

Mark added 20:56 - Jul 24
Can someone tell me why Ipswich paid compensation to Metz, Pisa, Livorno and St. Mirren in order to sign Yao, finally agreeing it all after he had been with us some time, only then not to play him? He didn't even make a substitute appearance. I'm surprised we couldn't decide how good he was between November and February before paying out the money.

pottyblue added 21:38 - Jul 24
lost for words

ipswichfrancis added 22:16 - Jul 24
there are many other instances where the club paid handsome money to other clubs for average/below-average players too, only ME/RK can answer why...... unfortunately they have taken the supporters for a ride all this while..... the club's money and man-management skills are a complete disaster......

PimsOclock added 23:35 - Jul 24

Phil, please keep Ipswich town news relevant to ipswich town!! No offense intended!

BlueFin added 23:54 - Jul 24

PhilTWTD added 01:52 - Jul 25

I think a player only recently released by Town on trial at a Premier League club is relevant.


Not sure Town actually paid any money to those clubs, I think it was more about going through the correct process to make sure they didn't hassle us for cash when we signed him on as there are FIFA rules. We probably agreed something along the lines of them getting part of any future fee had he been sold on.

For the record, I didn't think he was up to a place in the reserves, let alone the first team. Very raw, surprisingly so for someone who had been in club academies since he was about 13.

PimsOclock added 02:36 - Jul 25
Sorry Phil. I was merely being flippant as to the insignificance of Yao to the history books, not to your journalistic capabilities of reporting the news!!

itfc1981 added 10:43 - Jul 25
PimsOclock, Martijn shakes his head.

LondonBlue added 14:59 - Jul 25

Mark added 18:53 - Jul 25
Phil - thanks for the clarification. We certainly seemed to put a lot of work into signing Yao and it is a shame he did not work out.

It's definitely worth reporting what happens to ex-Ipswich players as it is interesting to read what they are up to, and helps us judge whether Ipswich were right to release them.

tractaboy added 21:29 - Jul 25
How can a 20 year old have been at so many clubs already?!?!?! My guess is that he's st1t. Can't believe we payed compensation for him, is that right?

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