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SAM VOKES
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UPDATED 08:13 1st August 2016

Burnley bolstered their strike force by completing the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sam Vokes in July 2012.

The Clarets paid an undisclosed fee to sign the Welsh international on a three-year deal.

But he has since more than repaid that fee, culminating in him scoring the goal that earned Burnley promotion back to the Premier League in May 2016, and then become the first Burnley player to score at a European Championship finals, when he scored for Wales against Belguim in France.

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The move to Turf Moor re-united Vokes with the Clarets following a successful two-month loan spell in 2011/12, when he scored two goals in nine appearances between November and January, scoring at home to Ipswich Town and grabbing the winner at West Ham United.

Vokes, who started his career at AFC Bournemouth, joined Wolves in 2008 after notching up an impressive ratio of 16 goals in 54 League appearances for the Cherries.

He went on to make over 50 appearances for Wolves, and gained further valuable Championship experience during loan spells at Leeds United, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Norwich City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Vokes went down in folklore at Turf Moor during the 2012/13 season with a late equaliser at home to Blackburn - the Clarets’ first goal in the fixture at Turf Moor since Boxing Day, 1978.

In the 2013/14 campaign, he struck up a deadly partnership with Danny Ings on the way to promotion, registering 20 Championship goals in 39 appearances and being rewarded for his scintillating season by being named Player of the Year.

That season, he also put pen to paper on a new deal that tied the Welsh international to the club until the summer of 2017.

However, the campaign ended on a low as Sam was diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in March, 2014 against Leicester City and missed the remainder of the promotion campaign and half of the Premier League campaign, returning against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

The Welshman signed a new three-and-a-half year deal in January 2016, to keep him at Turf Moor until the summer of 2019.

And typically, he made a goalscoring return from his injury in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in January 2015.

The forward scored 16 goals in his first full season back from injury, including the promotion winner against QPR at Turf Moor in May 2016 and the opening goal at Charlton a week later, which helped bring the title to Turf Moor.

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Internationally, the former U21 striker made his full Welsh debut in May 2008 v Iceland.

Vokes, who qualifies through a Welsh grandfather, scored his first international goal came against Azerbaijan in their opening 2010 World Cup qualifier in September 2008.

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