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Prutton: David Thomas Michael (David)

2007-2010 (Leeds Player Details)(Player Details)



Born: Hull: 12-09-1981

Debut: Macclesfield Town (a): 14-08-2007

6’1” 11st 6lb (2007)

Prutton was educated at Hymers College Hull and represented England at Youth level. He was once considered a future England star and had represented England four times at Under-Eighteen and seventeen times at Under-Twenty-one levelwhile with Forest. He had made his debut in the Under-Eighteens on 7th September 1999 at the Stade Louis Duguaguez in Sedan, Ardennes, France in a 0-1 loss to Switzerland and about a month later, on 8th October 1999, in Group Three of the UEFA competition at Upton Park he was again on the losing team as England were defeated 0-2 by Spain, but two days later at Brisbane Road, Leyton he scored England's third goal three minutes before time in a 3-0 win over Cyprus and two days later, on 10th October he played his fourth a final Under-Eighteen game for England in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino at Victoria Road, Dagenham, where he was substituted by Craig Pead at the start of the second half. His first Under-Twenty-One International was as a substitute for David Dunn at the start of the second half in a 6-1 win over Georgia at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on 31st August 2000. There were two more in quick succession in the UEFA Group Nine, the first at Pride Park, Derby on 6th October 2000 saw him again a substitute, this time taking over after forty-one minutes from Scott Parker in a 1-1 draw with Germany and four days later he had a full game in a 2-2 draw with Finland at Valkeakoski. His fourth cap came in a 0-4 defeat by Spain on 27th February 2001 at St Andrew's, Birmingham when he came on as a replacement for Owen Hargreaves in the seventy-first minute and his fifth came on 24th May 2001 in a 3-0 win over Mexico at Filbert Street, Leicester when he played all but three minutes of the game before being replaced by Danny Cadamerteri. He was a seventy-fifth minute substitute for Sean Davis as England went down 1-3 to Greece in Athens on 5th June 2001 in another Group Nine game before he gained his seventh cap in a 4-0 win over Netherlands in a Friendly at Madejski Stadium, Reading on 14th August 2001 when he came on as a forty-third minute substitute for David Dunn. Two more Group Nine games followed as he played a full game in a 2-1 win over Germany at the Dreisamstadion, Freiberg, on 31st August 2001 and another as a seventy-third minute replacement for Jonathan Greening at Ewood Park Blackburn in a 2-1 win over Greece on 5th October 2001. His tenth cap was also from the bench, when he replaced Scott Parker at the start of the second half in a 1-0 Friendly win over Slovenia in Nova Gorica on 12th February 2002. This was followed by a full game in another Friendly, this time at Valley Parade, Bradford, when England drew 1-1 with Italy on 26th March 2002. Three UEFA Finals games in Group A, held in Switzerland, followed, the first of which was on 17th May 2002 against the host nation, which saw England win by 2-1 with Prutton coming on as a thirty-fourth minute replacement for Sean Davis. Three days later he started against Italy at St Jakob Park, Basel, but was replaced by Jermaine Pennant with six minutes remaining as England were beaten 1-2. He then had a full game in a 1-3 reversal to Portugal on 22nd May 2002 at Hardturm Stadium, Zurich as England bowed out. His fifteenth cap saw him start, before giving way to Matthew Etheringham at half-time, in a 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on 6th September 2002. His final two caps as a Forest player came in the UEFA qualifiers, firstly on 11th October 2002 in a 4-0 win over Slovakia in Group Seven at Spartak Trnavaand then four days later he again played the full game in a 3-1 win over FYR Macedonia at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, to take his tally to seventeen. He initially came through the hugely successful Nottingham Forest youth system and made one hundred and fifty-five appearances for the club, including two as a substitute. Having starred for Forest and in the England Under-Twenty-one squad, the versatile midfielder was signed by Southampton, then of the EPL, on the final day of the transfer window on 31st January 2003 for £2.5 million. Prutton played across the midfield and at right-back for Southampton, and despite being a very important player in the 2002-03 season, he missed out on the FA Cup Final as he was cup-tied, having played for Forest against West Ham in the Third Round. It was at Southampton where he played his final eight Under-Twenty-One Internationals. He started in the 0-1 defeat in a Friendly by Italy at the Stadio dei Marmi, Carrara on 11th February 2003 when he started but was replaced by Darren Ambrose in the seventy-ninth minute. There were then two more Group Seven Qualifiers, the first at the Rio Maior Municipal Stadium on 28th March 2003, when he started and was replaced by Jermaine Pennant after sixty-nine minutes as England went down to Portugal 2-4, and four days later at St James' Park, Newcastle, he played a full game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Turkey. His twenty-first cap was in a friendly at the KC Stadium, Hull, in a 3-2 win over Serbia and Montenegro on 2nd June 2003, which was followed eight days later by another full game in a UEFA Group Seven match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, in a 2-0 win over Slovakia. His twenty-third cap was in a Friendly on 19th August 2003 at Upton Park, West Ham, when he played another full game in a 0-3 defeat by Croatia. Huis final two caps were both in the UEFA Qualifiers and he started both games as he came off for Jermain Defoe, after seventy-eight minutes in a 1-2 defeat by Portugal at Goodison Park, Liverpool on 9th September 2003 and finally Darren Bent was his replacement in the eightieth minute of a 0-1 defeat by Turkey at the Inonu Stadium, Istanbul on 10th October 2003. In the 2003-04 season Prutton featured heavily for Southampton, playing thirty games and scored one goal, against Charlton Athletic, on the last day of the season. However, the 2004-05 campaign was one to forget, despite scoring two goals and playing twenty-eight games in all competitions. Following Southampton's home game with Arsenal on 26th February 2005, Prutton was charged by the FA on two counts for the events following his red card for a tackle on Robert Pires. The first was for his failure to leave the field of play promptly following his dismissal and for attempting to remonstrate with the assistant referee, during which he pushed the referee on at least one occasion. The second charge related to his threatening words and/or behaviour towards a match official. Prutton was handed a ten-match ban and fined £6,000 after admitting the two charges of improper conduct. Prutton returned on the final day of the season for Southampton's game against Manchester United, which they needed to win to stay in the Premiership. Southampton lost the game 2-1 and were relegated to the Football League Championship. In 2005-06 the midfielder's season was marred by a broken metatarsal which he picked up in September against Queens Park Rangers. A lack of first team opportunities forced him to look elsewhere and in January 2007 he left Southampton to return to Forest. In total he played ninety-four games for the Saints, nineteen as a substitute, scoring five goals. Narrowly beating the transfer deadline, Prutton re-joined his old club in January 2007 on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move if Forest were promoted. Prutton scored his first Forest goal since returning to the club against Brentford in a League match, heading in the first of Forest's four second half goals to inspire a fightback that would win Forest the game 4-2, despite being 2-0 down after fifty minutes. He was sent-off in the ninetieth minute of the League One play-off Semi-Final second leg match against Yeovil Town on 18th May 2007, leaving Forest with ten-men for extra-time. With no offer from Forest forthcoming, after his thirteen games, two of which were from the bench, he was released by Southampton on 23rd May 2007. Prutton joined Leeds United on trial during pre-season 2007 and officially joined the club on 7th August 2007. Prutton scored his first goal for Leeds against Swansea City on 22nd September 2007 in a 2-0 victory as Leeds notched up their seventh consecutive victory. Prutton generally played in a right midfield role during Dennis Wise’s rule at the club. When Gary McAllister became manager, Prutton was moved to his natural centre midfield role and put in several ‘man of the match’ performances. He was one of Leeds' most consistant performers in the 2007-08 campaign having started in over forty matches. In August 2008 he signed a contract extension until June 2010. After Simon Grayson became Leeds United Manager Prutton became a peripheral figure in Leeds United's first team squads, but made the bench regularly and came on as a substitute in some of Leeds' games in the 2009-10 season. On 26th January 2010 he was allowed to join Colchester United on loan for one month. He was released from his contract by Leeds on 1st February 2010 and joined Colchester on a permanent basis, until the end of the season. He scored three goals in eighteen League starts and one from the bench. On 5th July 2010 he signed for Swindon Town on a two year contract. He joined up once more with former Leeds players David Lucas and Jonathan Douglas. He made his Swindon debut on 7th August 2010 in a 1-2 home defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion, being substituted in the sixty-ninth minute by Simon Ferry and he scored his first goal in a 1-1 home draw with Brentford on 21st August 2010. He scored three goals in thirty-one starts and ten games from the bench in the league and also started three F.A. Cup ties one League Cup tie and one Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie, without scoring. Swindon were relegated at the end of the season and his contact was ended. He signed a two year contract with Sheffield Wednesday on 24th May 2011 on a free transfer. He made a scoring debut for Wednesday on 6th August 2011 with a long distance strike in the seventy-second minute for his side's second goal in a 2-0 win over Rochdale at Hillsborough. The Owls were promoted as League One runners-up at the end of the 2011–12 season. Not always a first-team regular, he was loaned to Scunthorpe United on 27th August 2012 and started thirteen League games, came on as a substitute once in a League Cup tie and started one Johnstone's Paint Trophy game before returning to Hillsborough on 1st December 2012. At the end of the 2012-13 season he was given a one year extension to his contract. He started the 2013-14 season as a regular but after a lengthy spell out of the team he was loaned to Coventry City on 25th March for the rest of the season. He started eight League games for the Sky Blues, but they did not offer him terms and so he went back to Sheffield, where his contract ended and he was not offered further terms. He scored three goals and started forty-eight games for the Owls and came off the bench eight times in the League, started two and was a substitute once in the F.A. Cup and started one League Cup tie and one Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie. He is presently without a club.

League 47/184
F.A. Cup 10
League Cup 30
Johnstone Paint Trophy 5/10
Play-Off Finals 30