Wales chance delivers Vokes happy ending

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Sam Vokes aims to turn the anguish of relegation into a happy end to a traumatic season. The 18-year-old striker is set to win his first full Wales cap in tonight's friendly with Iceland in Reykjavik.

And that comes after seeing his football world turned upside down with a £400,000 move to Wolves following the pain of Bournemouth's relegation to League Two. Vokes fought to save the Cherries, knowing he would certainly be sold with the club still in administration.

Wolves surprisingly beat Newcastle to the deal, and Vokes was further boosted by a call-up from the Wales manager John Toshack to the senior squad, having caught the eye with a string of excellent displays for the Under-21s.

Now Vokes says: "It has been a roller-coaster end to my season. Relegation was a real sickener but that has been followed by a move to the Championship to Wolves, and then my Wales call-up. It has been a big end to the season for me. I scored a few goals but unfortunately we were relegated.

"But then last week Wolves came in for me, and I jumped at the chance. Now I could be making my Wales debut. Over the course of the year I have been involved with the Under-21s, and I found the net a few times for Bournemouth, but coming away with the Wales squad tops it off."