Vokes leaves Wolves with kind words

Last updated : 01 August 2012 By Tony Scholes

Vokes has been with Wolves since the summer of 2008. Despite starting only four league games in his first season, whilst being used as a substitute on 32 other occasions, he scored six goals as Wolves topped the league and headed for the Premier League.

The last of those four starts was at Derby in April 2009 and his only subsequent appearances for Wolves in the Premier League were as a substitute leaving him to go out on loan to get games at a number of other clubs including Burnley during last season.

Yesterday, we completed the signing of Vokes on a three year contract and as he left Molineux, their chief executive Jez Moxey said of him: "Sam came to us as a young player and made an important contribution during the Championship winning season.

"Since then he has found opportunities hard to come by at Wolves which has seen him embark on several loan spells elsewhere, but throughout his time with us he has been a model professional, never causing a moment's trouble behind the scenes and carrying himself with a smile on his face.

"When players behave in this way we are usually more sympathetic to their individual circumstances. Sam needs to play regularly to help develop his undoubted talents and he was not guaranteed that here.

"We are pleased to have concluded a deal with Burnley which suits all parties, and wish Sam all the very best for the future."

Whilst wishing well at Wolves, Burnley boss Eddie Howe had finally got his man with this signing. "We are delighted to sign Sam," he said.

"It's been on the back burner for a while and it was a transfer we were really keen to do, but as with all transfers it's about timing and making sure everyone wants it to happen and the player wants to come.

"Trying to find targetmen is extremely difficult. There aren't many around and it's even harder to find good, young ones. Sam fits that mould and there's far more to come from him.

"Sam is still young and I think he is the type of player who will get better with age. He will be well received by the players we have here as well, which is the most important thing."

On completing the signing, Vokes became Howe's fifth summer capture following on from Luke O'Neill (Mansfield), George Porter (Leyton Orient), Jason Shackell (Derby) and Joseph Mills (Reading).