UPDATED 12:05 22nd August 2015
Brentford striker Andre Gray became Burnley’s club record signing when he joined the Clarets in August, 2015, on a three-year deal.
Gray, a product of the Shrewsbury Town youth system, top-scored with 18 goals for Brentford in the 2014/15 season to cap a remarkable rise through the ranks.
The former England C international joined the youth set-up at Shrewsbury in 2004 and five years later signed his first professional deal with the Shrews.
However, after finding appearances limited he soon joined non-league Telford and Hinckley on loan, then a permanent deal with the latter, where he scored freely, scoring 37 goals in 85 appearances.
Gray’s big break came in 2012 when he joined then Conference Premier side Luton Town, initially on loan, where he made history by scoring in his first four games.
His total of seven goals in 12 games helped Luton reach the play-off finals, and that summer he signed a two-year deal with the Hatters.
By November 2013, his goals had helped propel Luton to the top of the Conference Premier table – and the following summer, having scored 30 goals in 45 games during the 2013–14 season, the club’s Young Player of the Year won the golden boot and helped Town earn promotion back into the Football League as Conference Premier Champions.
Gray eventually left Luton for Brentford in the summer of 2014, having made 111 appearances and scored 57 goals during his two-year at Kenilworth Road.
And in his only season at Griffin Park, he added to his reputation by showing he can score goals at Championship level, helping Brentford to a fifth place finish and the play-offs in the Bees’ debut season in the second tier.
Gray had a stunning debut season for the Clarets, finishing the campaign with 25 goals, and was crowned the 2015/16 league’s top scorer.
Gray scored his first Football League hat-trick in December 2015 against Bristol City, before scoring a further 10 goals in 2016.