Exeter winger Wheeler says there is lots more to come
Pacy winger David Wheeler has hinted there is more to come from him in an Exeter City shirt after saying he has not been totally happy with his performances so far this season.
Wheeler has had a whirlwind start to his Grecians' career, having joined from Conference South side Staines Town the day before the start of the new term.
The 21-year-old has started all five of City's games and provided an assist and picked up the man-of-the-match award in the impressive 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon two weeks ago.
However, having only been a professional footballer for three weeks, the Brunel University graduate says he has a lot more to learn.
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"I feel I'm getting a little bit better each time," said Wheeler, who won the players' player and supporters' player of the year awards at Staines last season.
"I haven't been fully pleased with any of my performances. I have had a couple of good halves but I haven't played a full 90 minutes that I have been happy with, so hopefully I can get one of those fairly soon and then I will be really pleased.
"I'm learning a lot in every training session I'm doing and developing as a player. It is going really well."
Wheeler spent pre-season on trial at Exeter, impressing at Clevedon Town, at home to Swansea City and scoring in the 2-1 win over Salisbury City.
It was therefore no surprise to fans who had watched those games to see him named in the starting XI to face Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the campaign.
However, Wheeler admits his level of involvement in the first team has come as a bit of a shock to him.
"Obviously, I was thrilled just to get the chance to be a professional footballer, getting to train every day and work on my game," he said.
"I didn't expect to be starting the season as regularly as I have, it has been great."
Wheeler is likely to be involved again this Saturday when York City visit the Park, looking to improve on an indifferent start to the season that has seen them pick up four points from a possible 12.
However, having lost away at Morecambe last time out, City are also determined to get back on track.
And, having won their opening two League Two games at St James' Park – against Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon – Saturday's visit of York offers them a good chance to do just that.
"I think we all felt that we shouldn't have lost the game against Morecambe," said Wheeler.
"We were quite frustrated with our performance in the second half considering we were in control in the first, so against York we will be looking get back to how we were playing before.
"We really want to keep our home form going. Hopefully we can start well and fast on Saturday and then I'm sure we will be fine.
"The support there has been really good so far as well," added Wheeler. "On Saturday I'm sure the fans will be able to give us a lift.
"I have really enjoyed playing in the home games, there has been a really good atmosphere to them.
"It helps a lot, because fans can put the pressure on and they can take it off. It has been really great that they have responded to me well and I'm really grateful for that."
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