Steven Fletcher

Fletcher: Story so far

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by Stuart Vose

Striker's career to date.

Scottish international Fletcher came through the youth ranks at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian, after being spotted at 13 years old playing local football.

Fletcher made his debut for Hibs in a 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock towards the end of the 2003-04 season, going on to score 52 goals in 190 appearances during his five years at Easter Road.

During Scotland's march to the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals in 2006, Fletcher would catch the eye of Real Madrid as the powerful young striker top-scored with nine goals before the Scots were eliminated by Spain.

Fletcher would taste success in the 2007 Scottish League Cup, netting twice as Hibs defeated Kilmarnock 5-0 at Hampden Park, continuing his impressive form into the following season where he was voted the Scottish Football Writers' Young Player of the Year in 2008.

The following summer, he moved to Premier League side Burnley, becoming the Clarets' record signing for a reported £3m fee.

Although Burnley would be relegated from England's top flight that season, Fletcher's all-action, battling displays earned him the club's Player of the Year gong as he claimed 12 goals from 38 appearances.

His performances would see him remain in the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers after completing a reported £7m deal in 2010.

During his two years at Molineux, Fletcher continued his one-in-three strike-rate, scoring goals 24 goals in 68 appearances, but his exploits could not prevent Wolves' relegation to the Championship last season.

The 25-year-old has also represented his adopted country at senior level, netting once in eight games.