Versatile midfielder, striker and left back Clucas joined City in August 2015, a £1m fee luring Chesterfield into the sale. He gradually established his place in the first team in the opening weeks of 2015/16, playing on the left side of midfield for much of the season. Elevated to the Premier League but shorn of a properly sized squad, City manager Mike Phelan deployed Clucas as a deep lying midfielder and he immediately excelled in this new role, linking up play in an ultra-reliable manner and attracting the attention of national football journalists and England selectors. It was that attention that eventually led to his £16m transfer to Swansea City, which represented a remarkable profit after two seasons with the club.
A Lincoln lad, Sam was a youngster in Leicester City’s academy system but was released at 16. After a short spell at Lincoln City, Clucas spent a season at Glenn Hoddle’s Spanish player reclamation academy. He signed for Hereford United in 2011, then moved on to Mansfield Town and Chesterfield to compile a unique record of having spent five consecutive seasons in the Conference National, League 2, League 1, Championship and Premier League.
Clucas moved to Swansea City in August 2017. For the first time in several seasons he struggled for form at a club destined for Premier League relegation. The following summer he switched to Stoke City for £6m, less than half of what Swansea paid City a year earlier. Over the next three years he restored his reputation as an effective first team midfielder with an eye for goals, albeit in a Stoke side that was struggling to break into the top half of the Championship table.
Date/Place of Birth: 25 September 1990, Lincoln
Hull City First Game: 8 August 2015, Huddersfield Town H (Championship), 24 years, 317 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 August 2017, Wolverhampton Wanderers H (Championship), 26 years, 324 days old
Lincoln City (2009-2010), Jerez Industrial (2010-2011), Hereford United (2011-2013), Mansfield Town (2013-2014), Chesterfield (2014-2015), Hull City (2015-2017), Swansea City (2017-2018), Stoke City (2018-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 96 apps, 9 goalsSam Clucas
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