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Wheeler's Delight At Joining Prestigious Pompey

Winger looking for regular football at Fratton

7 August 2018

David Wheeler

David Wheeler is looking to kick-start his football career at Pompey.

The winger has moved to Fratton Park on a season-long loan deal from QPR, where he made nine appearances last term.

He is looking for plenty more time out on the pitch after switching the capital city for the south coast.

And Wheeler is delighted he has the opportunity to do that at a club of Pompey’s size and standing.

He said: “I didn’t play too many games last season, so I wanted to get back into the swing of things and experience competitive football again.

“It was looking likely for the past six weeks or so that a loan move was a possibility and coming to Pompey was a no-brainer.

"It’s good that it’s not a short-term thing because I can really feel part of the squad and part of the push for promotion."

David Wheeler

“That’s because of the size of the club and the support they get. The prestige is just so high and that’s why it wasn’t a particularly difficult decision.

“It’s good that it’s not a short-term thing because I can really feel part of the squad and part of the push for promotion.

“Coming in off the line, getting in at the back post and anticipating where the ball is going to land are my best assets.

“If the opportunity arises I do my best to score goals, but it’s also about laying chances on for other players when it’s the right time.

“I’ve played in different ways – more as a forward, as a conventional wide midfielder and even up front on my own.”

Wheeler would not have got the best reaction at Fratton Park in recent years, having twice netted winning goals for Exeter at Pompey’s home.

He said “I always enjoyed coming here in League Two because it was one of the bigger grounds and I scored two of my better goals.

“Both times we won we decided to stay compact and let them dominate the ball. Then, if we got the chance, we’d counter-attack through the middle. Fortunately, that worked at the time.

“I’ve enjoyed some good contests with Pompey over the years and it was always one of the toughest fixtures.”

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