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Jonathan Walters




Date of birth



183 cm




Republic of Ireland

Striker Walters signed from Stoke City on a two-year deal in July, 2017, for an undisclosed fee.

The Republic of Ireland international, 33, arrived with a wealth of Premier League experience, having spent seven years in the Potteries, where he made more than 250 appearances.

The Merseyside-born hitman, who started out in the youth ranks at Blackburn Rovers, madehis top-flight bow for Bolton at the age of 19, but was soon plying his trade in the lowest tier of English football for Wrexham and Chester respectively. 

However, his exploits for Chester in a cup clash with Ipswich Town prompted the Tractor Boys to complete a swoop for the forward, and he went on to enjoy a fine spell in East Anglia under current Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane. 

His Championship form saw him linked with a dream move back to the Premier League, and that soon became a reality when the Potters concluded a £3m deal to capture the hard-working forward in 2010. 

Walters repaid that faith by scoring 62 goals in 269 appearances for the Potters, netting double figures in four of his seven full seasons.

Last season, he made 23 appearances, scoring four goals, including the first in City’s 2-0 victory over Burnley at the Bet365 Stadium in December.

The 2015 Republic of Ireland Player of the Year also remains the only City player to score a Premier League hat-trick after scoring all three in a convincing 3-1 win over QPR in January, 2015.

Walters came off the bench in the Clarets' opening two Premier League games of the season and then started against former club Blackburn in the Carabao Cup.

But injury then ruled him out until Boxing Day and following a further appearance in the FA Cup, the striker underwent knee surgery.

He was fit again by the end of the campaign but saw his only action at international level with the Republic of Ireland in their summer friendlies.

Walters started one of the Clarets' Europa League ties at the start of the 2018/19 season before re-joining former club Ipswich Town on loan.

Sadly, a ruptured Achilles tendon injury curtailed the move after just three games and ultimately ended the forward's career.

Walters returned to Burnley for treatment and rehabilitation but before the end of the season announced his intention to retire and end an impressive career that saw him maximise every opportunity with club and country.