New QPR recruit David Wheeler was destined for the Championship – that’s the view of Staines Town’s club secretary Steve Parsons.
The dynamic ex Swans winger has completed a move from Exeter City to Loftus Road on Deadline Day and Parsons reckons the 26-year-old had the sort of attitude which marked him out as a potential star.
Wheeler played 90 times for Staines between 2011-13 and was club player of the year and players’ player of the year in both 2012 and 2013.
“He played the game in the way it should be played,” recalled Parsons.
“He was strong, determined and skilful but he didn’t get into silly disputes with referees. He just got on with the game and professional clubs like that.
“It was inevitable a pro club would come in for him and he was keen to play full time which is why it was a great move for him, going to Exeter.
“I imagine he trained in the same way he approached games, he always gave 100%.”
Parsons remembers a time when the QPR new boy got crocked in a Conference South game against Basingstoke Town – and had to play in the reserves to get fit.
“It was away at Sandhurst,” he said. “A lot of players would have said ‘I’m not sure I want to drag myself over there for a reserve game’ but he did and he approached it in exactly the same way. He was playing with kids and trialists and yet he was so professional in his attitude. He was back in the first team the following Saturday.”
Parsons was also in on a couple of meetings with Wheeler, along with Staines chairman Matt Boon, and manager Marcus Gayle.
In those meetings he was always very professional in the way he conducted himself,” added Parsons.
“He came to us from Lewes purely because he was studying at Brunel University in Uxbridge and wanted a club near to that.
“We were lucky to have him. He has served his time at Exeter and they have regarded him very highly down there from what we have heard from fans.
“I’m not surprised he has his move to the Championship and everybody at the club wishes him well.”