Vokes urges Burnley to replicate Bournemouth's survival heroics

Wales' Sam Vokes and Shaun MacDonald during training

Vokes started his career with the Cherries before moving on in 2008, and he admits he has been impressed by their progress since.

Burnley's Sam Vokes celebrates with the trophy after winning the Sky Bet Football LeagueBurnley's Sam Vokes celebrates with the trophy after winning the Sky Bet Football League

Burnley striker Sam Vokes has told the Burnley Express he hopes his side can emulate the exploits of former club AFC Bournemouth by securing Premier League survival.

The Clarets have bounced back to the top tier of English football at the first time of asking, with their return to the second tier in 2015 coinciding with Bournemouth's promotion to the top flight.

Burnley's Sam Vokes and Joey Barton in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jack PriceBurnley's Sam Vokes and Joey Barton in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jack Price

Under the stewardship of boss Eddie Howe, the Cherries ended their maiden Premier League season by impressively securing survival, with Vokes knowing more than most about the sheer scale of his former side's achievement.

The 26-year-old, who is currently preparing for Euro 2016 with the Wales squad, started his career at the Vitality Stadium, netting six goals in 59 games before securing a move to Wolves in 2008, as Bournemouth sank to League Two.

Wales' Sam Vokes and Shaun MacDonald during trainingWales' Sam Vokes and Shaun MacDonald during training

And having since seen the staggering progress made by his former employers, Vokes is adamant Burnley can learn a lot from them about what it takes to preserve their Premier League status after two previously unsuccessful attempts.

He said: “I left there [Bournemouth] a few years ago and they got relegated into League Two at the time and were in a lot of trouble financially.

“They’ve done fantastic and we’re going into next year looking to emulate the likes of Bournemouth and Watford.

“That’s going to be our aim, to be like them next year.”

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