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Sam Vokes

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Biography

Date of birth

21/10/1989

Height

186 cm

Signed

28/07/2021

Country

Wales

Esteemed striker Vokes joined the Chairboys in July 2021 from Stoke City, arriving with a wealth of experience- including on the international stage where he sent Wales through to the 2016 European Championships semi-finals.

Coming through AFC Bournemouth’s ranks where he scored 16 in 54 appearances, his career progressed at then-Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers where he made 36 appearances in 2008/09- scoring six as they were promoted to the Premier League.

With some difficulty for regular minutes, he had several loan spells including at Leeds United and Bristol City, experiencing a hamstring injury at the latter where he had to re-find his form. During further Championship loans, he impressed at Burnley in 2011/12.

The Welshman made the permanent switch to the Clarets in 2012 where he racked up 56 goals in 230 matches- scoring the goal that sealed promotion back to the top flight in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in 2016.

In the Premier League, he led the line as the Lancashire club affirmed their place in the big time, scoring against Liverpool in 2016 and two against Chelsea in 2017 alongside the club’s first goal in Europa League qualifying- against Aberdeen in July 2018.

A 2019 move to Stoke City proved to be a rollercoaster; scoring seven from 41 in 2019/20, his 2020/21 appearances were largely from the bench before being unveiled at Adams Park in the pre-season friendly against Leicester City.

The target man’s international career complements an eye-catching club career; being called up to the Wales team in May 2008, his first goal came in a 2010 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan. Vokes was later called up to the 2016 European Championship Squad where he scored the third in an historic 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals.

By Jack Deasley

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