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Sam Vokes

Forward


Biography

Date of birth

21/10/1989

Height

186 cm

Signed

31/07/2012

Country

Wales

Burnley bolstered their strikeforce by completing the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sam Vokes in July 2012.

The Clarets paid an undisclosed fee to sign the Welsh international on a three-year deal following a two-month loan spell the previous season when he scored twice in nine games.

Vokes began his career in League One with Bournemouth before making the move to Championship side Wolves in 2008 following the Cherries’ relegation to League Two.

He went on to make over 50 appearances for Wolves, but with most of them coming via the bench gained first-team experience during further loan spells at Leeds United, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Norwich City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

After signing for the Clarets, Vokes went down in folklore at Turf Moor  in December, 2012 when he headed a late equaliser against Blackburn Rovers - the Clarets’ first goal in the fixture at Turf Moor since Boxing Day, 1978.

In the 2013/14 campaign following the sale of Charlie Austin, Vokes struck up a deadly partnership with Danny Ings on the way to promotion from the Championship, registering 20 Championship goals in 39 appearances. The Welshman’s performances were rewarded with the Player of the Year Award.

That season, he also put pen to paper on a new deal that tied the Southampton-born forward to the club until the summer of 2017.

Sadly, the striker’s 2013/14 season was ended early by ACL knee injury suffered against Leicester at Turf Moor. His recovery kept him out of the first half of the following season in the Premier League before he returned to action against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Vokes then signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2016, keeping him at Turf Moor until the summer of 2019.

In his first full season back from injury, Vokes was again a key player, scoring 15 Championship goals on the way to another promotion, including the winning goal against QPR at Turf Moor in May 2016 which guaranteed a Premier League return, and the opening goal at Charlton a week later, which helped seal the title.

The 2016/17 season then saw Vokes  make 42 appearances in all competitions, ending the season as the Clarets’ leading scorer with 12 goals – including 10 in the Premier League.

Vokes’ goalscoring prowess has made him a mainstay in Chris Coleman’s Wales squad.

He became the first Burnley player to score at European Championships when his stunning header against Belgium at Euro 2016 took Wales into the semi-finals.

And he was set to win his 50th cap for his country in the summer of 2017.