In 2009, an 18-year-old Sam Clucas was working at Debenhams in St Marks Lincoln, but fast forward eight years and he’s signed for Premier League Swansea City in a deal worth up to £16.5 million.
The 26-year-old, who attended Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Catholic School, became the first player in English football to play in the country’s top five divisions in five consecutive seasons.
After being released by Lincoln City in 2010, under then-manager Chris Sutton, Clucas was handed a two-year scholarship at the Glenn Hoddle Academy, which was designed to get released football scholars back into the game.
Clucas was picked up by Hereford United in November 2011 before earning a move to Mansfield Town in League Two the following season.
His eight goals for Paul Cox’s side saw League One Chesterfield snap up the versatile midfielder for an undisclosed fee, where he went on to score nine goals.
Hull City then signed Clucas for £1.3 million in 2015 where he helped the Tigers reach the Premier League that season.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 23, 2017
Clucas received a number of plaudits in his debut top-flight season, and there was even whispers of an England call-up, and attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs this transfer window before Hull agreed a fee with Swansea City on August 21 worth up to £16.5 million.
The news will come as a bitter-sweet moment for Lincoln City fans as Clucas was only given a handful of appearances for the Imps, however he tweeted his praise for the club a number of times throughout last season’s FA Cup campaign.