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Sam Ends Epic Claret Journey

Vokes leaves Turf Moor to start new Championship challenge at Stoke

31 January 2019

Sam Vokes has joined Stoke City to bring to an end a memorable career at Turf Moor.

Vokes moves to the Championship club for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The switch to the Bet 365 Stadium presents Vokes with a fresh challenge and the chance to play more regular first-team football for a Stoke team trying to bounce back to the top flight under new boss Nathan Jones.

But it also ends a more than seven-year association with the Clarets which has seen the Wales international share in two promotion successes, score some landmark goals and go down as one of the club’s most popular players of recent times.

Vokes, 29, initially joined the Clarets on loan from Wolves in November, 2011 before making the move permanent when he was signed by Eddie Howe in at the end of July, 2012.

But it was under successor Sean Dyche that Vokes’ Burnley career took off as he forged a prolific partnership with Danny Ings following the sale of Charlie Austin.

Vokes scored 20 league goals as the Clarets won promotion to the Premier League and following an injury-hit top-flight campaign, hit back with another 15 goals as Dyche’s side went back to the top tier as champions at the first time of asking in 2016 – his headed goal against QPR at Turf Moor guaranteeing promotion.

The former Bournemouth striker – who also had loan spells with Leeds United, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Norwich City and Brighton before making Burnley his home – then hit double figures in the Premier League in 2016-17 as the Clarets established themselves among the elite.

Vokes leaves Turf Moor after a total of 267 appearances and 64 goals – including the Clarets’ first in Europe in over 50 years when he scored at Aberdeen in the Europa League last July and a last for the club against Newcastle United in November.

He leaves with the best wishes and thanks of everyone at Burnley Football Club.

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