DAVID Wheeler joins Queens Park Rangers on the back of an outstanding season in League Two for Exeter City where he scored 21 goals from the wing and helped the the Grecians to the play-off final.
Having played much of his youth football in the Brighton & Hove Albion academy, Wheeler was released in his teens and went on to play for non-league side Lewes.
A move to Staines Town in 2011 followed for the now 26-year-old, where he played whilst also completing a degree in Sport & Exercise Science.
Wheeler won the Player of the Year award in both seasons for the club and in his second term showed his ability to score goals from midfield, netting 14 times.
His performances had attracted many suitors from Football League clubs and in the end Exeter City were the ones who made a move for him – bringing him to St James’ Park after a successful trial In August 2013.
Wheeler scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw against Bury and netted a further two while making 38 appearances in all competitions.
The following year, he showed a lot of development in his game and went on to find the net on seven occasions including a last-minute winner against Luton Town. He backed this up with another eight goals in 2015/16, as he made 38 appearances with Exeter finishing 15th in League Two.
Last season, Wheeler was in sensational form, netting 21 times, which included a remarkable goal-scoring run of eight goals in seven games. His outstanding performances helped guide Paul Tisdale’s side to a fifth-place finish.
Exeter overcame Carlisle in the play-off semi-final with Wheeler finding the net in the first game, which ended in a 3-3 draw. He also scored the equaliser in the Final, showing a fantastic first touch before lobbing the keeper, but it was all in vain as Blackpool ran out 2-1 winners.
Wheeler unsurprisingly picked up the Fans’ Player of the Season award and ended as Exeter City’s top goal-scorer.
Failing to gain promotion led to much speculation over Wheeler’s future and despite beginning the season with the Grecians, it was the R’s who agreed an undisclosed fee for his services.
Wheeler featured 11 times for QPR in his first season with the club, and scored his only goal against Middlesbrough at Riverside. But an ankle injury he picked up in January 2018 kept him out for the second half of the term.
- Full Name:
- David Wheeler
- Date of birth:
- 4th October 1990
- 180 cm
- Unknown kg
- Date signed:
- 25th January 2019