Sam Hoskins

Sam Hoskins is an English striker from Dorchester who was born on 4th February 1993. He signed for Southampton in 2007 having played for Tyro league outfit Oakwood Rangers as a youngster. Hoskins was top scorer for the club's U18 side in both 2009/10 and 2010/11. He made a good start to the 2011/12 campaign, and scored in an U21 game against Brentford on 24th August in front of a watching Nigel Adkins. Hoskins was rewarded with a place on the bench for the first team's Carling Cup tie at Swindon on 30th August 2011. He came on in that match during stoppage time, and showed some good touches before the final whistle.

On 8th November 2011 Hoskins joined League 1 outfit Preston on loan for a month. He failed to make a single first team appearance at Deepdale before returning to Southampton. Hoskins came off the bench for Saints in their 3rd round FA Cup win at Coventry on 7th January 2012, and had a hand in one of the goals. On 16th March he moved to Rotherham on loan. Hoskins scored twice for The Millers, against Wimbledon and Aldershot.

Hoskins had a decent cameo in the League Cup at Stevenage in August 2012, where he was unlucky not to score. His only other appearance for Saints that term came in the same competition against Sheffield Wednesday. Hoskins scored goals for fun in the first half of the 2012/13 season, topping the U21 charts at the half-way point. He could have increased his tally even further had he not missed a series of chances in a 4-0 defeat at Tottenham. His wonder-strike against Newcastle in December helped seal Saintsí Elite Group place. Hoskins joined Stevenage on loan in January 2013. He scored in a 2-0 win over Notts County on 5th February 2013, and was said to have done reasonably well for the League 1 outfit. Returned to Saints at the end of April, scoring in a 5-2 win over West Ham at Staplewood. He left the club to join Yeovil when his contract expired in July 2013.