Wheeler: “I try to play by example”

Big Interview in The Grecian with David Wheeler

In this weekend’s edition of The Grecian, our matchday programme, City’s latest recruit David Wheeler discusses talks about his route into professional football.

The 22-year-old signed pro terms with Exeter on the eve of the 2013/14 campaign, and admitted that it was simply an enthusiasm to keep doing his utmost that has paved the way to League football.

“I wouldn’t say that I always believed it would happen, as such – but I always thought that I should keep going at it,” says Wheeler, reflecting on his application to the trade during his time with Lewes and Staines.  

“There are a lot of players that are a lot more talented than me that have just stopped playing, because they just don’t believe it can happen.  I thought if I kept playing and kept taking opportunities to play at a higher level then there was always a chance it could still happen.”

The winger was named as captain towards the end of last season with Staines Town – despite his tender years.

He continued: “I can never really be that sure, but I would imagine that Marcus Gayle’s thinking in giving me the captain’s armband was that I had been vice-captain anyway, but also because I got on well with everyone.

“I didn’t have a little group that I went off with – I could speak to everyone in the team.  I would always try to play by example and work really hard, and tried to show everyone that we should work hard for each other.”

You can read the full interview with David Wheeler in Saturday’s edition of The Grecian, which will be on sale around the ground for £3.