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Gray Is The New Claret

21 August 2015

Burnley have today completed the club record signing of Brentford striker Andre Gray, subject to paperwork.

The 24-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Turf Moor for an undisclosed fee.

Gray, a product of the Shrewsbury Town youth system, top-scored with 18 goals for Brentford last season to cap a remarkable rise through the ranks.

And manager Sean Dyche is delighted to add a long-time target and proven Championship goal-grabber to his squad.

He said: “Andre is a player who we have been aware of since his Hinckley Town days in non-league.

“My coach Tony Loughlan flagged him up there and we have watched his development. I am pleased to say that has gone very well so far.

“He has worked very, very hard to get to the level he’s at. He has risen up the ladder and, in many ways, had a similar pathway to two former strikers here, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin.

“In that respect there is a rawness, a hunger and a great desire from him to continue his education and go even further, and we intend that to be with us in the immediacy and also in the future.”

The former England C international, who will wear the number seven shirt at Turf Moor, 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.

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