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Born: 4 October 1990
Joined Wycombe: July 2019 - Signed from Queens Park Rangers|
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Bolton 0 - 3 Aug 2019 - League One
Contracted until June 2022
Career summary at Wycombe.
No appearances prior to 2019/20
Wanderers' eighth signing of the summer of 2019 was announced at around 1pm on Tuesday 30th July 2019 when 28-year-old midfielder David Wheeler arrived on a three-year deal following a free transfer from Queen Park Rangers.
Prior to joining Wanderers, Wheeler was best known for a successful four season spell at Exeter City between 2013 and 2017 where he netted 38 goals in 171 appearances in all competitions. Included in that time were two goals in victories over Wycombe (October 2014 and January 2017). He was voted Player of the Season at Exeter for the 2016/17 season.
His early football career started in the youth system at Brighton and Hove Albion but he moved on to play his first senior football at Lewes - debuting at the age of 17 during the 2007/8 season before enjoying a succesful three seasons playing at Conference National and South levels and also making eight appearances for the England Under 18 schoolboy side.
At this stage he was combining studying for a Sports Science degree at Brunel University in West London and for convenience made the switch to play for Staines Town in Conference South. He finished his first season with nine goals and also earned Player of the Season awards. He bettered his goal-scoring total the following season with 14 strikes to his name and again won the Player of the Season awards on his way to helping the Club avoid relegation.
The move to Exeter City in August 2013 came after impressing in pre-season trials for The Grecians. He went on to make his Football League debut in a 2-1 'League Two' victory over Bristol Rovers on 5 August 2013. He would score his first Football League goal in a 2-2 draw against Bury on 30 November 2013. In his four seasons he would become a firm favourite with the fans at St James Park. His 20 goals in all competitions during the 2016/17 alerted the attention of higher league clubs and he would join QPR at the end of the August 2017 transfer window for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.
However, despite scoring on his full debut QPR in September 2017, he was unable to hold down a regular First Team spot at Loftus Road and was loaned to both Portsmouth and MK Dons during the 2018/19 season – the latter spell re-uniting him with his former boss at Exeter City, Paul Tisdale. He scored four times for MK Dons as they won promotion to ‘League One’.
Commenting at the time of his move to Adams Park, Wycombe Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “David was an outstanding player in an excellent Exeter City side a couple of years ago, and always caught the eye when he played against us, so we know exactly what he’s all about and I’m delighted to be able to bring him into the fold. He’s a goalscoring midfielder who can play in a number of positions, and also a fantastic character to have around the place which is so important to our success.”
He was allocated the No.7 in the Wanderers squad.
References and further reading:
Interviewing a rarity: Political footballer - Football 365 - 23 Nov 2017
David Wheeler signs - official website - 30 July 2019
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