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My Focus Never Wavered: Vokes

Striker rewarded with three-year deal to extend Turf Moor stay

26 October 2018

Sam Vokes is delighted to be ‘staying at home’ after signing a new long-term deal at Turf Moor.

Vokes has agreed a contract running until June, 2021 to remain a key part of manager Sean Dyche’s plans.

The deal kills off any prospect of Vokes leaving next summer, when his previous contract was due to expire, and means the Southampton-born striker will clock up almost 10 years of outstanding service to the Clarets.

“I was always focused and fully committed to the cause, whether I was up in the summer or not,” Vokes told Clarets Player HD.

Sam Vokes played his 100th Premier League game last month

“But I suppose to have that security now is great for myself and my family and I’ll look forward to the next three years.

“It’s been a huge part of my career. I joined here on loan first in 2011, so it’s been seven brilliant seasons.

“There have been ups and down, mainly ups, and it’s been a great journey. It’s one we’re still on and I can’t wait for the rest.

“The ambition when I joined was to play in the Premier League, which is where we are.

“And on a personal note, I suppose I was a bit of a journey-man before I came here, after going on loan a few times from Wolverhampton, and I felt at home when I joined.

“I definitely feel at home here now. It’s been a great club to be part of. The family feel at home and it’s a great place to be.”

Vokes, who spent a two-month spell on loan with the Clarets in 2011/12 before signing a permanent deal at the end of that season, has played a total of 255 games for the club and scored 61 times.

The former Player of the Year, 29, has forced his way back into the starting line-up in recent games, scoring twice in his last three Premier League games.

And Burnley boss Sean Dyche says the third contract renewal he has signed since Dyche took charge in October, 2012 is a fitting reward for the Wales international.

“Sam has earned the right to be considered a big figure here,” said Dyche. “Ever since I’ve been here, and even before, he has really taken on the challenge, particularly in the early days when he had to find his way a little bit.

“He had been around a few clubs and was looking for the one where he could fit in. Over the last six years for me, he’s certainly fitted right in, so I’m pleased for him and for us.

“He has become more resilient as the years have gone on and that’s a real maturity that has come in during the time he’s been with us.

“He has affected games in so many ways. Whether he’s started or come off the bench, he has delivered and that’s a real credit to him.”

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