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Biography

Date of birth

26/06/1991

Height

178 cm

Signed

21/08/2015

Country

England

Brentford striker Andre Gray became Burnley’s club record signing when he joined the Clarets in August 2015, on a three-year deal, following a remarkable rise up the league rankings.

The former England C international started out in the youth set-up at Shrewsbury Town in 2004, signing his first professional deal with the Shrews five years later.

But after finding appearances limited, he joined non-league Telford and Hinckley on loan, signing a permanent deal with the latter in 2010.

Gray enjoyed a successful spell at Hinckley, scoring 37 goals in 85 appearances, to earn a move to Conference Premier side Luton Town, initially on loan, in 2012, making club history by scoring in each of his first four games.

His total of seven goals in 12 games helped Luton reach the play-off finals and earned him a permanent two-year deal with the Hatters.

His goals then helped propel Luton back into the Football League in 2014, scoring 30 goals in 45 games in 2013/14. Luton went up as champions, with Gray winning the league’s Golden Boot award.

Gray left Luton to join Brentford in the summer of 2014, having made 111 appearances, scoring 57 goals during his two-year stay at Kenilworth Road.

In his only full season at Griffin Park, Gray finished Brentford’s top scorer with 18 goals to help the Bees reach the Championship play-offs and earn a move to Turf Moor.

Gray had a stunning debut season for the Clarets, finishing the 2015/16 campaign with 23 goals – including his first Football League hat-trick - as the Championship’s top scorer as Burnley won the title.

That elevated Gray into the Premier League, where he scored nine times during the 2016/17 season – despite serving a four-match ban handed out by the FA over historical social media messages.

In Burnley’s Premier League victory over Sunderland on New Year’s Eve 2016, Gray made history with the Clarets’ first top-flight hat trick since Peter Noble in 1975.

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