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UPDATED 10:15 30th September 2016

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FEW players in the Premier League have had such a remarkable rise to the top as Jonathan Walters.

Now a household top-flight name, it hasn't always been so rosy for the Republic of Ireland international, who was forced to drop from the Premier League to League Two in a bid to revive his fortunes.

Despite making his top-flight bow for Bolton at the age of 19, he was soon plying his trade in the lowest tier of English football for Wrexham and Chester.

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 workman-like forward in 2010.

Now into his seventh campaign with the Club, Walters, who is the current Republic of Ireland Player of the Year, has netted double figures in four of his six full seasons in ST4 and is eager to make an equally as important impact in 2016/17.