New striker Lukas Jutkiewicz looks to follow in big Sam's footsteps at Turf Moor
Lukas Jutkiewicz is looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow striker Sam Vokes and make Turf Moor a happy home from home.
The well-travelled striker jetted straight into Austria to join his new team mates hours after sealing a protracted move from Middlesbrough.
Lukas Jutkiewicz meets his new team mates for the first time
And after living something of a nomadic lifestyle the 25-year-old, who has also played for Swindon, Everton, Plymouth Argyle, Huddersfield Town, Motherwell and Coventry before ending last season on loan at Bolton, believes he has found the right move in joining the Clarets on a three-year deal.
Jutkiewicz said: “Sam knows exactly what it’s like. I have moved around a fair bit in my career, and it seems like he has found a really good home here.
“Like him I am looking to do the same by settling down and finding a home here.
“A couple of days into pre-season I was first made aware that there was a little bit of interest. There were conversations back and forth between the two clubs and a fee was finally agreed on Friday.
“It’s taken up until now to get it over the line but I am delighted to be here now.”
Southampton-born Jutkiewicz enjoyed a brief flirtation with the Premier League while at Everton, making one appearance in 2008.
And he insisted the chance to prove himself in the top flight was a decisive factor in ignoring other clubs’ interest to link up with Sean Dyche.
He added: “It’s a massive opportunity for everyone here to go into the Premier League and it’s what every boy dreams of.
“I had a little taste of it at Everton a few years ago, and I’m really excited to have another crack at the best league in the world.
“A lot has changed since then, but the guys here worked so hard last season to get their success and you could tell from the outside how tight a group this was.
“It’s been evident from only being here a few hours. I flew in today because I was keen to get out here to the training camp.
“I’ll be working as hard as I can to get as fit and sharp as possible for the challenges ahead and I am really looking forward to being a part of the squad and trying to help us have a successful season.”