David Wheeler improvement impresses Exeter City boss

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
David Wheeler
More than half of David Wheeler's goals in his entire Exeter career have come this season

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he has been impressed by the development of forward David Wheeler.

The 25-year-old signed a new contract last month, despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club during the January transfer window.

"A year ago he was in and out of the side, and in the last six months he's turned himself into a week-by-week starting 11 player," Tisdale said.

"It shows his development so far and we hope it continues."

Wheeler joined Exeter from non-league Staines Town in 2013 and has scored 17 goals in 111 appearances for the Grecians.

"I'm delighted that he has signed," Tisdale added to BBC Sport.

"I wouldn't have begrudged him to significantly enhance his career either, as long as we had the compensation for it.

"I'm not going to hide the fact that I want to keep as many good players as I can, but on the other hand the type of club we have encourages players to improve and move.

"But that being said, I'm sure David's got enough about him to make his own mind up about what suits his own career and he's obviously decided that he's making good progress with us and wants to continue.

"We've been pretty good in terms of finding a financial offer to him that was acceptable and hopefully he'll be a big player for us in the next year or two."

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