Andre Gray


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1991 (26 years old)

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Wolverhampton, England


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Andre Anthony Gray (born 26 June 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Watford. A product of the Shrewsbury Town youth system, Gray came to prominence after scoring 57 goals in 111 appearances in a two-season spell with Luton Town. He represented England C at international level.

Gray began his career in the academy at hometown club Wolverhampton Wanderers, but was released at age 13. Gray joined the youth setup at League Two side Shrewsbury Town in 2004, signing his first professional one-year contract prior to the start of the 2009–10 season. Awarded the number 20 shirt, he made his debut on the opening day of the season, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Nathan Elder in the Shrews' 3–1 win over Burton Albion. An injury crisis saw Gray make four further cameos, with what would be his final appearance for the club coming as a 57th minute replacement for Kris Bright in a 2–0 Football League Trophy second round defeat to Accrington Stanley on 20 October. He spent periods of the 2009–10 season away on loan, but competition for places meant that Gray was relegated to the reserve team substitutes' bench. Gray was released by the Shrews on 14 May 2010, having made just five appearances for the club. Looking back on his time at Shrewsbury, Gray said "I was at the stage in my life where I thought everything was set for me. I didn’t really care about playing in Shrewsbury’s reserves, which it shouldn’t have been".

On 21 August 2015, Gray joined Championship side Burnley on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee – believed to be a club-record £6m deal – double the previous record jointly held by George Boyd and Steven Fletcher. Gray signed on the eve of Brentford's Championship clash at Turf Moor but wasn't eligible to make his debut against his former club, having signed too late.

Gray's former club Luton Town revealed their financial windfall after the striker's transfer to Burnley. A club statement read: “We are guaranteed to receive a shade over £1.1m from the fee which will be spread over three seasons; an initial figure approaching £300,000 followed by two of just over £400,000 each".

On 29 August 2015, Gray made his Burnley debut in a 2–1 away victory to Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Gray was born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. He was introduced to football by his grandfather and suffered heartbreak at age 13 when his grandfather died. Acting as a mentor and father figure for his younger half-brother Cody, Gray said "I know what my grandad wants me to do and that’s look after my family. It’s driving me to work harder". He is an Arsenal supporter. Gray has a four-inch scar on his left cheek having been stabbed in the face in Wolverhampton in a gang-related incident in 2011. He spoke in May 2015 of having started to grow out of the gang lifestyle around the time of the incident and credited his mother, close friends and Luton Town for turning his life around.

Gray's goalscoring record for Luton in the final months of the 2011–12 season raised the attention of the England C team and he was named in the squad for an International Challenge Trophy match against Russia U23 in June 2012. He made his debut in a 4–0 defeat, playing the full 90 minutes. He was later called into the squad to face Belgium U23 in September 2012. He came on as a half time substitute for Stephen Brogan and scored his first international goal with the winner in a 2–1 victory. The win saw England C qualify for the semi-final of the International Challenge Trophy. He played in the semi-final on 5 February 2013 against Turkey A2, which England C lost 1–0. Gray captained England C in the second half of a 6–1 friendly win over Bermuda on 5 June 2013, scoring the team's sixth goal. He appeared again in a 2–2 friendly draw with Czech Republic U21 in November 2013, starting the match and lasting 71 minutes before being replaced by Dan Fitchett. Gray played in a friendly versus Jordan U23 at King Abdullah Stadium in Amman on 4 March 2014, starting in the 1–0 victory and being replaced by Dan Fitchett at half time. Gray's return to the Football League in June 2014 meant that he was no longer eligible for England C. He won six caps and scored two goals.

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