Burnley sign Lukas Jutkiewicz from Middlesbrough
Updated 2:24pm Tuesday 15th July 2014 in Sport
BURNLEY Football Club have announced the signing of former Middlesbrough forward Lukas Jutkiewicz for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor, ended the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Bolton Wanderers and scored seven goals in 20 games during his time at the Reebok Stadium.
Southampton-born Jutkiewicz began his career with his hometown club’s academy before signing for Swindon Town in 2006.
At the County Ground he made his debut at the age of 17 as a substitute against Swansea City and went on to contribute five goals as the club secured promotion to League One.
In 2007, David Moyes took Jutkiewicz to Everton for an undisclosed fee and he was loaned out to Plymouth Argyle to gain first-team experience.
Further loan spells at Huddersfield and Scottish Premier League side Motherwell followed before he was transferred to Coventry City in 2010.
Jutkiewicz contributed 18 league goals in 67 appearances for The Sky Blues during a two-year spell in the Midlands.
He then made a permanent move to Middlesbrough, after an initial emergency loan, in 2012 and made a blistering start to his time on Teeside.
Despite an injury setback at the start of the 2012-13 season, ‘The Juke’ scored four goals in three starts before adding a further six to finish the campaign on 10 goals.
And after starting the 2013-14 campaign at Boro, he joined Bolton Wanderers on loan in January and completed the season there.
Jutkiewicz becomes the second frontman to join Turf Moor this summer following on from the addition of Marvin Sordell.
And Clarets boss Sean Dyche is pleased with how his front-line is shaping up ahead of the new campaign.
He said: “We’re looking forward to getting him into the group and making him feel welcome here.
“I still think there is development in Lukas, he’s 25 and has been around a little bit now and he finished last season very strongly.
“I feel there is even more to come and he’ll be hungry for that. He’ll be working with a good group who are all hungry to not only achieve things but to keep pushing themselves as individuals.
“That’s a big part of our mentality and he’ll fit into that very nicely.
“He’s a physical presence who can hold the ball up very well and link play. We think there is goals in him and it is very similar to the Sam Vokes story where he’s always done well and we’re looking for him to build on what he’s done.
“There is a nice demand now in that area of the pitch as all the players offer something different to the team so we’re happy with how that is developing.”
Jutkiewicz will now join up with his Clarets teammates for their pre-season training camp in Austria.