Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Rovers swooped to sign the striker on a three-year deal following his release from Scottish champions Celtic in the summer of 2016.
A Republic of Ireland international, Stokes started his career at Arsenal, before enjoying a hugely successful loan spell with Falkirk, where he scored 16 goals in 18 games
That prompted Sunderland to sign him for £2m in January 2007 and he helped the club secure promotion to the Premier League that season as champions.
The Irishman spent two-and-a-half years with the Black Cats, which included loan spells with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, before he moved to Scottish Premier League side Hibs in August 2009 where he scored 24 goals in 48 games.
His goalscoring exploits hadn’t gone unnoticed and Scottish giants Celtic came calling in August 2010.
Stokes continued his prolific form in front of goal, scoring 77 goals in 192 games during his time at Celtic Park, where he won four Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup.
The forward returned to Hibs on loan in January 2016, writing himself into their history by netting twice in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers, which was their first triumph in the competition in 114 years.