It had been on the cards for a couple of weeks, but now the Club have confirmed that David Wheeler has moved to Loftus Road for Championship side QPR in a 3 year deal. The fee is undisclosed.
David joined in August 2013, and quickly became a fans favourite for his energetic contribution and his goals. He was also known for his column in a local online newspaper and entertained fans with his left of centre political views.
Speaking to the QPR website David said:-
I’m really excited. This is a big deal for me and I can’t wait to get started.
Like anyone in any career path, when you take a step up it can take some time to acclimatise, but I’m confident I can have a positive impact for the team.
Wherever I have been, I have been known to be a hard-working, honest player and I will give my all.
His new manager Ian Holloway said of Wheeler:-
We’re delighted to bring David in. He had a great season last year, and if you look at him, he has progressed every year. That’s what we want him to continue now he’s at QPR.
He has got a fantastic work ethic, he gives us an attacking threat, and he’s got versatility as well, which is so important in the modern game.
Wheeler played 169 times for the Grecians, starting 110 and scoring 39 goals. 21 of those goals came last season, including one at Wembley in the League 2 play off final against Blackpool.
Paul Tisdale said of the move:-
It is another success story from Exeter City for player development. We pride ourselves on the career progress achieved by our players and David is no better example of this.
It was clear following last season’s performances that David was going to have plenty of offers to move forward with his career this summer and, while we didn’t want to see him leave, we are proud of
his moving to a Championship club and hope this underlines still further our commitment to player development.
David made it clear that he wanted to take this opportunity and once we felt we could be compensated satisfactorily, and make transfer dealings of our own to strengthen, we were comfortable with David’s transfer.
We wish him all the best and hope to see him back at St James Park in the future.
This website also extends it’s best wishes to David Wheeler and hope that this move is a great success. We sponsored his away shirt when he first arrived and since the second season have sponsored both his home and away shirts and have been proud to do so.