Date of birth
FORWARD Lucas Akins has been the Brewers top scorer in two of his four seasons at the club since joining for a nominal fee from Stevenage in the summer of 2014.
A hugely popular figure both in the dressing room and amongst the fans Lucas' hard working performances and knack of grabbing vital goals has made him a key part of Albion's rise through the divisions from League 2 to the Championship.
Originally on the books of hometown club Huddersfield Town he made his way through the ranks to make his Terriers debut in August 2007 before dropping into non-league on loan with Northwich Victoria in search of senior level experience.
After leaving Huddersfield spells with Partick Thistle and Hamilton Academicals in Scotland eventually led to a move back into English professional football with Tranmere Rovers.
Numerous eye-catching performances at Prenton Park persuaded Stevenage to pay a sizeable fee to boost their attack and they were rewarded with 10 goals in 49 games as Lucas finished top scorer at Broadhall Way.
Gary Rowett made Lucas a key target as he looked to win promotion from League Two and Lucas led the scoring charts as Albion won successive promotions from the fourth tier to the Championship.
His efforts in our second Championship season saw him named Player of the Season by both the fans and his teammates.
Lucas has also scored on the opening day of the season for three of the last four campaigns - and now heads into his fifth season at the Pirelli Stadium.