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Vokes' Delight

Sam Vokes

SAM VOKES admits his heart was set on a move to the bet365 Stadium from the moment the Potters declared their interest in his services.

The striker became Nathan Jones’ second signing of the window on transfer deadline day, agreeing a three-year-deal with the Club after the Potters and Burnley shook hands on an undisclosed deal.

Speaking to Stoke City+ moments after completing the switch, the 29-year-old Welsh international spoke of his delight.

“It’s great to have it finally done,” Vokes said on Thursday afternoon.

“It has been a long day and a lot of waiting around but I am delighted - I just can’t wait to get started now.

“This is a great Club, a Premier League Club, a Club which is striving to get back to the Premier League."

“You can see how great the squad is here and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to getting stuck into.

“The Championship is a really tough league so it is all about putting together a great squad, and we have that here.

“Burnley was a huge part of my life, I really found my home there and I made a lot of good friends there, but it was time for me to move on - and what better club to do that with than Stoke City.”

Vokes also revealed that he undertook hugely positive conversations with manager Nathan Jones and international compatriots Joe Allen and Ashley Williams prior to making the move.

“I spoke to a few of the lads I know here last night and got a feel for what this Club is all about,” he added.

“They were full of praise for the Club and it is a dressing room full of good lads and good players."

“I have had a few conversations with the manager too and have been impressed by him.

“He is a manager I really want to play for, and he was another big draw in me wanting to come here.”

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