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Nahki Wells: Profile

Prolific career path of Burnley new boy

31 August 2017

Burnley completed the signing of striker Nahki Wells from Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee just before the 2017 August transfer deadline.

The former Bradford City forward agreed a three-year deal at Turf Moor.

Bermuda-born, Wells started his career in his home country before moving to England and signing for Carlisle United on a short-term deal following a trial spell in January, 2011.

He left Brunton Park at the end of that season but impressed on trial at Bradford City to earn an initial 12-month deal with the then League Two side.

Wells scored 12 times in his first season at Valley Parade and went on to strike up a prolific partnership with James Hanson as he secured an extended contract.

The pair enjoyed an inspired 2012/13 season as they spearheaded Bradford’s famous run to the final of the League Cup and to promotion via the play-offs, both scoring in the play-off final win over Northampton Town at Wembley.

Wells scored 26 times in total – to go with 15 goals from Hanson - and then followed that with 14 goals in just 19 appearances in League One in the first half of the following season before moving into the Championship with Huddersfield Town in January, 2014.

He spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Terriers, playing in a central and wider attacking role, scoring 48 goals in 152 appearances.

Wells hit double figures in each of his three full seasons with Town, including 10 in 31 starts in 2016/17 as David Wagner’s side secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time via a play-off final penalty shoot-out win over Reading, with Wells successfully converting one of the spot-kicks.

He missed the start of Huddersfield’s return to top-flight football for the first time since 1972 following minor ankle surgery but will get the chance of Premier League football for the first time with the Clarets after scoring over 100 goals in the lower divisions.

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