Club: Sunderland AFC (England, 31-Aug-2006 to present).
Previous Clubs: Aston Villa (England), Manchester United (England), Blackburn Rovers (England), Birmingham City (England), Sydney FC (Australia, 01-July-2005 to 30-Aug-2006).
Birthplace: Canaan, Tobago.
Height: 175cm - 5ft 9in.
Schools: Signal Hill (Tobago), St Augustine (Trinidad).
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Stats: Dwight Yorke - International Appearances.
NOTE: Manchester United paid £20.8 million for Dwight in August 1998 from Aston Villa. Yorke's salary: £12.8 million. Yorke captained the T&T team that qualified for its first ever Youth World Cup in Portugal in 1991.
Dwight has scored 65 goals in just 150 appearances for Manchester United since signing from Aston Villa in a £12.6m deal in August 1998. He smashed 29 goals in his first season at the club and was named 'Carling Player of the Year' as United swept to the treble.
'He has increased his strike rate considerably since leaving Villa Park.
"But it's his all-round game that is so good. He brings in other players, holds the ball up and makes as many goals as he scores. Yorke retired from International Football on June, 28th, 2001. Then came out of retirement on the 2nd of February 2005. Dwight Yorke became the highest profile player to sign a full-time contract with an Australian Football Club (Sydney FC). Despite being in the twightlight of his career Dwight signed for Sunderland in August 2006 on a transfer fee worth £200,000 and a £30,000 a week salary. On the 07th of March 2007 Yorke retired from T&T to focus on his club career.
|02-Jul-2008||Yorke gets one-year extension at Sunderland.|
|03-Jun-2008||Yorke emotional after cameo.|
|31-May-2008||Yorke will tackle England after all.|
|29-May-2008||Yorke, Latas among embittered W/Cup heroes.|
|28-May-2008||Yorke, Latapy bow out of football duel.|
|16-May-2008||Doubts over Yorke and Latas for England game.|
|15-May-2008||Yorke's Sunderland future determined by a Keane call.|
|03-May-2008||‘Star signing’ Yorke to be rewarded with new deal.|
|22-Mar-2008||Keane ponders Yorke coaching offer.|
|23-Dec-2007||Make Yorke and ‘Latas’ TT coaches.|
|14-Dec-2007||Yorke hopes to upset Villa pals.|
|26-Sept-2007||Dwight joins FPATT.|
|23-Sept-2007||Roy tips Yorke to be a manager.|
|23-May-2007||Yorke blanks T&TFF.|
|11-May-2007||I couldn't say no to call from Keano.|
|30-Mar-2007||Yorke finds new hunger for game under Keane.|
|07-Mar-2007||Yorke announces international retirement.|
|13-Feb-2007||Dwight is 2006 Player of the Year.|
|05-Feb-2007||Got it just D-wight.|
|12-Dec-2006||Yorke named Manchester United legend.|
|28-Nov-2006||Dwight keen to make an impression.|
|17-Nov-2006||When in need, Yorke will play for country.|
|26-Sept-2006||Yorke faces club versus country dilemma.|
|12-Sept-2006||Yorke ready for challenge.|
|08-Sept-2006||Keane mission for new Yorke.|
|02-Sept-2006||Yorke: I waited all night for a call.|
|31-Aug-2006||Sydney seeks new marquee player as Yorke leaves.|
|26-Aug-2006||CONCACAF trio bow out at the top.|
|18-Aug-2006||Dwight right for opening night.|
|24-Jul-2006||Yorke's A-League future still up in air.|
|03-Jul-2006||Sydney waits on Yorke's return.|
|26-Jun-2006||Yorke adjudged best group phase defender.|
|19-Jun-2006||Dwight Yorke gets defensive.|
|26-May-2006||Yorke: I wanted to be English.|
|21-May-2006||Sir Alex won't mind us beating England.|
|16-May-2006||Yorke revived by fairy-tale ride.|
|30-Mar-2006||Dwight says no intimidation for Soca Warriors.|
Star striker set to rejoin T&T squad.
By: Lasana Liburd - T&T Express Writer.
Dwight Yorke's last chance.
01-Feb-2005 - Dwight Yorke has confirmed he is ready to return to the Trinidad and Tobago national football team after nearly four years of self-imposed exile since he quit the international scene on June 28, 2001.
Yorke, who plays for England Premier League team Birmingham City, told the Trinidad Express he is 99 per cent certain of joining national coach Bertille St Clair's outfit for their World Cup qualifier at home to the United States on February 9.
"It looks like it," said Yorke on Sunday afternoon at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground, London. "There are just a few details still to be sorted out, but I will say it is 99 per cent certain."
Yorke's decision to return to the international fold-a cameo against Northern Ireland last July at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet notwithstanding-represents an about-turn from his position last November when he claimed to be happily retired and suggested that a rift between himself and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) special advisor Jack Warner made a comeback virtually impossible.
Although Yorke insisted he had nothing personal against FIFA vice-president Warner, who once called him a "cancer to the game", he felt he was made a scapegoat by the T&TFF during the last World Cup qualifying series and hinted at a personality cla...hink maybe they saw me as a threat because I knew so much about what goes on inside the Trinidad and Tobago FA," said Yorke, in the Express Sports magazine published on December 2, 2004.
"I don't have a problem with him despite what he or others might think. I just do not need the T&TFF's money.
"It is as simple as that and not many other players coming from Trinidad can say that."
But Warner will have the final word on Yorke's return as the Caribbean's most famous player revealed that he was discussing his comeback with the veteran administrator.
"We have made great progress and everything is almost settled," said Yorke.
He explained that his looming return to Trinidad and Tobago colours, which was revealed last month by Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London, was prompted by his lingering ambitions of playing in the World Cup.
Yorke is afraid he might regret not making a final effort to take his country into the World Cup.
"I have achieved everything in the game bar one," he said. "Being 33, I might regret not coming back and helping because the World Cup only comes around every four years and the next time would be too late."
Yorke won the European Cup, two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and an Intercontinental Cup with Manchester United-where he cost a then club record £12.6 million-while he also lifted the League Cup with Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers, which completed a clean sweep of every club trophy available in England.
He was the star player when the Trinidad and Tobago national under-20 team qualified for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship in Portugal. The 1991 national youth team, which was coached by his mentor, St Clair, and included current captain Angus Eve, goalkeeper Clayton Ince and striker Jerren Nixon, was the only T&T team to qualify for a FIFA tournament and the first English-speaking Caribbean outfit to do so.
Yorke also won MVP honours as a teenager when he steered his country to the inaugural Caribbean Cup title and represented Trinidad and Tobago in two CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments.
At present, he is seventh in the all-time list of Premier League scorers with 122 goals and the most successful Caribbean footballer ever.
However, his remarkable achievements have been tainted by his lax attitude to discipline on international duty.
Yorke, along with former national star Russell Latapy were allowed separate accommodation and travel arrangements with the national team and were alleged to regularly flout curfews and even skip training sessions.
The matter came to a head when Brazilian coach Rene Simoes dropped both players before a crucial World Cup qualifier at home to Jamaica on June 31, 2001 for failing to attend a practice session.
Yorke and Latapy subsequently resigned to concentrate on their club careers.
Four years later, Yorke's Premier League career looks to be nearing an end as he has failed to establish himself at Birmingham, while his plea to be rescued by another top-flight club was ignored as the transfer window closed yesterday.
However, Yorke claimed that his club woes did not tempt him out of retirement.
"I think it makes it even harder (for me to return)," said Yorke. "If I was playing regularly, it would be easier to fit into high profile because I would already be match fit. But I am around long enough and training every day and in good nick, so I should be fine."
Yorke said he is willing to play in a midfield role if asked by St Clair, who has lamented a lack of quality in that area, although he has not discussed his future role in great detail.
He does not believe he has anything to prove, nor will he offer an apology for past problems. "I do not think I have anything to apologise for," said Yorke, who promised to let his boots talk for him.It is up to Warner to agree.
Thanks Dwight, but no thanks.
By: Keith Clement - T&T Guardian Reporter.
27-Jan-2005 - With all the Carnival fever in the air, I had decided to take a break and join the fun, but if I let national coach Bertille St Clair off the hook, I would not be doing justice to G-Sports readers.
So Carnival or no Carnival, let me say straight off that St Clair cannot be serious about a Dwight Yorke return.
St Clair, the T&T coach, has made no secret of his desire to have the 33-year-old Yorke back in the national squad.
His latest call for Yorke, who is struggling at Birmingham City, to rejoin the squad came after T&T qualified for the final round of the World Cup qualification tournament in December.
The volatile Yorke quit international football back in 2001, under then coach Brazilian Rene Simoes.
Firstly, the T&T Football Federation did not fire Yorke nor Russell Latapy. They both quit the team in the middle of the 2002 campaign because they refused to be accountable for their actions.
This was despite the fact that during the campaign, they travelled first class to and from Port-of-Spain, they were paid in US $ and before they changed into game kits, they stayed at the best hotels and most times, separate from the rest of the team.
The T&TFF also took out insurance for both Yorke and Latapy.
And if you ask most fans, they would even tell you that Yorke and Latapy never give us more than 60-per cent on the playing field.
So after all this, all the T&TFF and the public which idolised them got was contempt.
To make matters worse, after playing a World Cup qualifying match, the T&TFF organised a National Security helicopter to take Yorke to Piarco Airport so he would not miss his flight back to London.
Indeed, Yorke did miss his flight but he did so to stay in T&T and go partying.
If the truth is to be told, from the day Yorke signed with English Premiership team Manchester United, his attitude was ‘T&T cannot do without me’ and I am of the view that he has held us to ransom.
Also, there were many times he and Latapy arrived to practice late and when they took to the field they would play one-two among themselves.
The duo even refuse to wear the same practice kit as the rest of the team.
So Mr St Clair, after all of the above and those that I will not list, do you really want a Dwight Yorke influence on the present team?
The last time I checked football was still a team sport. Up to the time when both players quit the Soca Warriors, they displayed one thing, they were different from their colleagues.
Do not get me wrong, I am also a fan of both Yorke and Latapy even up to today, I am proud of their achievements and yes, they make me feel proud to be a Trini, but the buck must stop somewhere and if you want peace and harmony in the present team, then we press on with what we have.
On Tuesday, Shaun Fuentes, the T&T Football Federation press officer, told CMC Sports that the T&TFF had not received any official word of Yorke’s availability for the Soca Warriors’ opening fixture against the US on February 9.
He said: “From our standpoint at the T&T Football Federation, we have had no word from Dwight stating that he’s willing to come back,” Fuentes said yesterday.
“We know there has been some talk going on in the past … obviously coach Bertille St Clair has always been trying to see if he could get Dwight to come back into the fray but there is nothing that we can confirm at the moment.”
My question to Mr St Clair is: What can Yorke bring to T&T now that he did not deliver five years ago?
I am also disappointed that Yorke now has a new agent, Orville London, the chief secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, who has indicated Yorke’s willingness to rejoin the national team.
If Yorke wants to play for T&T again, he must first call the T&TFF and no one else. That is respect in my book.
He must make a public apology to T&T and agree to play for free. He must sign an agreement to attend all practice sessions, even if they are held on Carnival Monday and Tuesday and only then some consideration may be given to his request. The purpose of history is to remind us of the past and not to make the same mistake twice.
Yorke features for World All-Stars.
Playing away with: Lasana Liburd in the UK.
16-Dec-2004 - Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, Edgar Davids and, eh, Dwight Yorke.
Unlike the first four football greats, the Trinidad and Tobago star can no longer boast of playing at the highest level of the world game, which is generally considered-at least in this part of the globe-to be the European Champions' League.
However, Yorke's star is still burning brightly as the Birmingham City striker and former Manchester United record signing was a guest at a gala football event on Tuesday night at Spain's famous Bernabeu Stadium-the home of the Real Madrid Football Club.
Yorke lined up on Tuesday in the second annual "Match against Poverty", which is a United Nations' project conjured up by Brazilian striker Ronaldo and French playmaker Zidane, who are both Madrid stars and two of the most gifted players of their generation.
The match was billed as "Ronaldo and Friends" versus "Zidane and Friends" and featured top players from throughout the globe, while it was broadcast live in several European countries including Britain.
Yorke was selected by Ronaldo, who was a member of the Inter Milan team upstaged by Yorke's famous treble winning Manchester United team in 1998/99, but had to settle for a place on the bench.
The Tobago-born player was introduced at the start of the second half by the joint coachingÂ staff of Brazilian World Cup winners Carlos Alberto Parreira and Luis "Big Phil" Scolari but did not actually share the field with Ronaldo, who was substituted at the interval.
Still, Yorke was able to trade passes with quality players like Spain and Athletico Madrid's Fernando Torres and the Argentine duo of Real Madrid's Walter Samuel and Villareal's Juan Pablo Sorin.
There was an early miskick, which prompted some teasing from the television presenters, but Yorke regained his composure with some neat touchesÂ and an extravagant scooped pass while heÂ was instrumental in creating a goal for Sorin as the Ronaldo XI clawed back a 3-1 halftime deficit to end tied at 4-4.
Ronaldo's outfit also included Brazil's Roberto Carlos, Portugal's Luis Figo, Holland's Davids and Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas while there were also appearances from ex-Spanish star Emilio Butragueno and successful German racecar driver Michael Schumacher.
Zidane's XI was coached by Marcello Lippi and Didier Deschamps and comprised England's David Beckham, Spain's Raul, Argentina's Fernando Redondo and Nigeria's Sunday Oliseh while retired Croatian star Davor Suker also made an appearance.
Yorke, who was an unused substitute in Birmingham's last two Premier League outings, was the only current Premiership player to appear in the high profile match while he was also the lone Caribbean player present.
Perhaps unsurprisingly considering the location of the fixture, there were no current Barcelona players on show despite the prominence of the Basque squad that includes current Brazilian World Soccer "Player of the Year" Ronaldinho and stars like Portugal's Deco, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, Spain's Xavi and Mexico's Rafael Marquez.
The charity match was often played at walking pace with little more than token attempts at tackling the ballÂ but Figo and Davids set hearts racing with their trickery on the ball while Zidane's goalkeeper Santiago Canizares made some superb saves to keep Ronaldo and company at bay.
The inaugural fixture raised approximately £1.5 million for charity and the UN may be satisfied with a similar windfall this year.
Two wrongs don't make a Dwight.
Playing away with: Lasana Liburd in the UK.
02-Dec-2004 - "So how is Bertille going?" asked Dwight Yorke.
Almost with exception, the former Trinidad and Tobago international star starts every interview with a question about the welfare of the national team or its coach and his mentor, Bertille St Clair.
I always oblige with the latest bits of gossip but nothing seems to surprise Yorke and I get the impression he already knows most of what I say.
The fact that, on Saturday, the Birmingham City striker opened with an enquiry about St Clair rather than the "Soca Warriors" told its own story in my judgment.
He probably knows my follow-up question before I ask but it never ceases to amuse him anyway.
"Are you ready to put on national colours again?"
Out flashes the whites of his teeth in his trademark grin, as he proceeds to virtually rules himself out of contention.
In an age where everyone is "110 per cent" or "150 per cent" committed for or against something, Yorke shows a much more perceptive grasp of arithmetic.
He is 99 per cent certain that he has played his last international game.
Yet surely if were to return to international duty, he would have done it by now with Trinidad and Tobago set to enter the final round of World Cup qualifiers.
After a 30-minute discourse on Birmingham's stuttering English Premier League campaign and his publicised recent run-in with a racist football fan, I sensed the mood was right to return to the topic of his international career for the first time.
Three and half years have passed since Yorke quit international football for the second time in two weeks and, almost certainly, the last.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that his international career lasted the 13 years it did.
Throughout his life in red, white and black colours, Yorke had been loved and mocked by local fans while regularly clashing with local administrators.
But was there something especially different about his last fall out in August 2001 when he and his close friend and equally gifted player, Russell Latapy, submitted resignation letters after being dropped by new coach Brazilian Rene Simoes?
I explained what I had pieced together over the years of two special players who stood out, on and off the ball, whenever the Trinidad and Tobago team got together.
Their superior abilities on the field were matched by preferential treatment off it with the support, if not prompting, of CONCACAF president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser Jack Warner.
Yorke and Latapy were allowed separate accommodation, travel arrangements and match fees while coaches were advised to treat them with deference.
But dismal returns in the final 2002 World Cup qualifying round turned public opinion against the team.
Simoes, who had steered Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup tournament, believed that the latitude afforded to Yorke and Latapy had drastically affected team spirit and read the riot act before dropping the pair for missing training.
Instead of admitting his role and offering support, though, Warner responded by calling Yorke's behaviour "a cancer to the game" and local supporters were so incensed that the pair was advised to stay away from the venue of the subsequent qualifier for their own safety.
My conspiracy theory was worthy of Mel Gibson.
But Yorke did not correct me once in my tale of when two wrongs did not make a "Dwight".
He picked up where I left off.
"Yes, I felt I was a scapegoat," said Yorke, the smile had long disappeared. "The people in charge know exactly what went on. As a player who achieved so much in the game that no one else in the team came close to achieving "
His final sentence suggested some personal justification for the leeway he received and enjoyed.
But there were hints too at more sinister machinations within the TTFF that, although Yorke did not orchestrate, he was not averse to benefiting from.
When things soured, Yorke and Latapy-arguably T&T's most successful and gifted player respectively of all-time-took the fall alone.
Yorke claimed to have made peace within himself but he has not forgotten.
The reason why he will not wear national colours again is due to his fall-out with Warner.On Saturday, three and a half years later, he finally told his side.
"Jack (Warner) knows if there is only one person who can tell him to stick his money up himself, it is me," said Yorke. "While everyone else around him rely on him for their income mine comes from the clubs who paid me throughout the years.
"I think maybe they saw me as a threat because I knew so much about what goes on inside the Trinidad and Tobago FA."
The parting was not amicable and Yorke reasoned that, if the national team was Warner's plaything and the veteran administrator had discarded the player, then he would just pack it in and leave him to it.
But he insisted that there is no lingering animosity.
Yorke said that he had good relations with Warner's wife and sons and still thought warmly of them.
He remembered too when Warner kept him at his home before he signed for Villa and is grateful for the role he played in his life then.
But the time had come for them to go their separate ways.
"I don't have a problem with him despite what he or others might think," said Yorke. "I just do not need the TTFA's money. It is as simple as that and not many other players coming from Trinidad can say that.
"Maybe that was a problem."
He revealed that he still grappled with nostalgia whenever a World Cup loomed.
The 1989 "Strike Squad" holds a special place in his heart although he said he was too young to properly analyse the campaign and what might have gone wrong.
"I was young and naive but I was just enjoying the excitement of it all," he said. "The Strike Squad was totally local so we had that special bond while there were people like Michael Maurice with 100-plus caps so the experience was there in the team too.
"In 2002 (campaign), we had a lot of pros and experience and youth so it was a great opportunity but again we fell by the wayside."
He still remembers the controversial 2000 Gold Cup when Trinidad and Tobago reached the semi-final stage for the first time before losing 1-0 to Canada and took time to respond to another myth.
Yorke was bitterly disappointed when St Clair was sacked after the tournament although he absolved Warner of any blame for his fleeting performance in the competition.
Yorke was allowed to return to England and represent Manchester United in a Premiership match, which ruled him out of a quarterfinal clash with Costa Rica.
Trinidad and Tobago won 2-1 without him thanks to a golden goal from the late Mickey Trotman, but Yorke returned to the United States with an injury and was ruled out of the semi-final as well.
But Yorke explained that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and not Warner, had made it almost impossible for him to play.
"Manchester United made the final decision in many ways," said Yorke. "I had gotten injured playing for United but struggled and played and scored for them. But then they would not let me play for my country and I was genuinely injured so what could I do?
"Representing your country is one thing but Man United were my employers and I had to listen to them."
Yorke said he still had only good thoughts about Trinidad and Tobago and their efforts to qualify for a World Cup.
"I still support them and I wish them all the best," he said.
The smile was back on his face.
But the national red, white and black will never be on his back again.
Blues snap up Dwight Yorke.
BCFC.COM - Reports.
01-Sept-2004 - Blues have just completed the signing of Blackburn striker Dwight Yorke for a substantial but undisclosed fee. The 32-year-old has signed a one year deal with a further year's option.
The deal was completed with just minutes to spare before last night's midnight transfer deadline and came despite stiff competition from a number of other clubs, including Scootish giants, Celtic.
The Trinidad and Tobago international said: "I'm relishing the opportunity to continue my Premiership career with a progressive club like Birmingham City. "I greatly admire what Steve Bruce has achieved in his time at Birmingham and I believe it is a club which is going places and I very much look forward to being part of it."
Yorke is a natural goalscorer with a wealth of Premiership experience. He began his career at Villa Park as an untried teenager in 1989, before making the big time in 1998 when he joined Manchester United in a £12m deal.
During his time at Old Trafford he formed a lethal attacking partnership with Andy Cole, which saw United win the treble in 1999. After four successful years at United, he made the short move to Blackburn, where he remained until making the switch to St. Andrew's last night.
Meanwhile, Birmingham Evening Mail Writer Colin Tattum reported that Steve Bruce has urged Blues fans not to make a snap judgment on the shock £250,000 signing of former Villa hero Dwight Yorke.
Blues hi-jacked the 32-year-old striker's proposed transfer from Blackburn Rovers to Celtic when they heard he prefered a switch to St Andrew's.
At one stage on a dramatic day, officials had Yorke in the Celtic Park boardroom and tried to tempt him to the SPL by offering a better deal.
But in the end Bruce and Blues pulled off another surprise coup - faxing registration details just three minutes before the midnight transfer deadline --which the manager knew would not be entirely popular with fans because of Yorke's Villa past.
He said: "Dwight's turned down a giant of a club in Celtic to come to us. He wanted to stay in the Premier League and he wanted to join us.
"You have to respect that. Villa is in the past and his background was of no concern to him when making his decision. He made it clear he was very keen to play for Birmingham.
"I'm delighted we've got someone of his terrific ability. It's not often a European Cup winner becomes available and I am sure he will add something to what we've got - and be a hit with the fans." Although Yorke left Manchester United for Rovers in 2002, he spent nine years at Villa Park and achieved iconic status.
Yet he became a target for their fans when he joined United for £12.6million in 1998 - and manager John Gregory memorably fanned the flames of discontent by saying if he'd had a gun, he would have shot Yorke when he informed him he was off.
Yorke, scorer of 64 goals in 151 games for United and a spearhead of their amazing 1999 European Cup victory over Bayern Munich, has signed a one-year deal with a further year's option.
Bruce first registered his interest in Yorke during pre-season when he was out in the cold after a row with Ewood Park boss Graeme Souness. He gained regular reports on Yorke's fitness and attitude, which were favourable, from his son.
Alex when the Trinidad & Tobago star was forced to train with the reserves and left behind when Rovers toured Germany. Bruce said: "It was a hectic day yesterday. We got a tip-off that Blackburn had agreed to sell him and that he was on his way to Celtic.
"We pulled out all the stops. I managed to get to speak to him and told him that before deciding anything, to give us a shout. "In fact, Dwight made it clear he would prefer to join us and although it was touch-and-go we managed to push it through."
With Blues struggling to convert chances into goals and Mikael Forssell out of sorts, Yorke could provide a perfect tonic for the attack. Bruce said: "He's proven at the highest level and is a great athlete. I've no qualms about him." Yorke said: "I'm relishing the opportunity to continue my Premiership career with a progressive club like Birmingham City. "I greatly admire what Steve Bruce has achieved in his time at Birmingham and I believe it is a club which is going places and I very much look forward to being part.
Dwight Yorke signs for Rovers.
By Terry Land.
26-July-2002 - Dwight Yorke has ended his Old Trafford nightmare by joining Blackburn.
Manchester United and Blackburn finally agreed a deal for the out-of-favour striker after weeks of haggling over the fee.
Rovers have beaten United down to a cut-price £2million fee, although that could rise to £2.6million depending on appearances and how well Rovers do.
The former Trinidad and Tobago international has agreed a three-year contract, which will take him through to June 2005.
Yorke revealed his delight at the switch and is hoping a change of scenery can kick start a career which had faltered in recent months at Old Trafford.
He said: "I can't wait to get going - this is a new start for me and I am determined to grasp the opportunity.
"It has been a little frustrating over the past year or so, but all that is history. My aim is to get back among the goals and help Rovers move forward.
"There's a passion deep inside me that wants to do well and I'm desperate to re-establish myself in the Premiership."
And Rovers boss Graeme Souness was relieved to finally secure Yorke's signature after weeks of negotiations with United.
He said: "Dwight is a player I have targeted for some time and it is tremendous news he has signed for us today.
"I am delighted. He is a top quality player with a proven track record who can only be an asset as we look to go forward."
United had been looking to offload Yorke for a year since he fell from favour at the club.
His last competitive appearance was as a substitute in the Red's FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough in January.
And Yorke will hope to rekindle the prolific partnership he enjoyed with Andy Cole at Old Trafford. The pair helped fire United to the Treble in 1999 in Yorke's first season at the club.
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