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Lucas Akins

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Biography

Date of birth

25/02/1989

Height

180cm

Signed

01/07/2014

Country

England

Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year for back-to-back seasons since 2017-18, Lucas has been one of the first names on the team-sheet 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-work and knack of grabbing vital goals made him a key part of Albion’s rise through the divisions from League Two 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 Academical 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 attacking line-up and they were rewarded with 10 goals in 49 games, as Lucas finished top scorer at Broadhall Way. Former Brewers boss 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.

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