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UPDATED 04:18 23rd September 2015

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A FORWARD who has proved that he can score goals throughout his career, Peter Odemwingie has looked to continue since arriving in the Potteries back in January 2014.

Now, following an absence of over nine months through injury, the Nigerian will be aiming to return to his best during the 2015/16 season.

After seeling a move to the Britannia Stadium in a swap deal from Cardiff City, with Kenwyne Jones heading the other way, the 34 year-old netted five times in 15 appearances during the second half of the 2013/14 campaign.

A knee ligament injury then kept Odemwingie out for majority of the Potters' successful 2014/15 term, until a pleasing and speedy recovery meant City’s number 9 would return in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland. It was his goal to return in a healthy and rejuvenated manner and Odemwingie looks set to do that this season.

The pacey frontman enjoyed a very successful three-year period at West Bromwich Albion prior to his move to South Wales, scoring 15 goals in his first season at the Hawthorns and 31 overall in his time there.

He'd caught the Baggies' attention in the Russian League, after notching 21 goals in 75 games for Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Nigeria international managed to collect three 'Barclays Premier League Player of the Month' awards for West Brom as well as becoming their first player to score in four consecutive Premier League games.

Highlights also included a hat-trick against Wolves in a 5-1 derby win for the Baggies and a brace against Sunderland which earned him 'Player of the Month' for the second time.

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, he moved to his parents' homeland of Nigeria at the age of 17 and started his career for Bendel Insurance, scoring 19 goals in 53 games during three seasons between 2000 and 2002.

The forward then played in Belgium and lifted the Belgian Cup with La Louvière, before going on to score against Benfica in the UEFA Europa League the season after.

He then moved to the French League and enjoyed a spell at Lille where he scored a further 26 goals, including a brace against AC Milan at the San Siro.

That then presented him with an opportunity to return to Russia and he stayed for three years prior to his switch to England.

On the international stage, Odemwingie has collected a silver medal at the 2008 Bejing Olympics and has 55 caps and nine goals for the Super Eagles.