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A former England under-21 international, Prutton turned down a number of other offers to sign on a two year deal after he left Colchester in July 2010. He made his debut on the opening day of the season, in a 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton - one of the clubs he had been strongly linked with.

After opening his goalscoring account with the equalising goal in a 1-1 home draw with Brentford, Prutton was sent-off the following weekend at MK Dons - a frustrated challenge in the final moments of a game that the Town lost when they has been leading earning him a second yellow card. The resulting suspension saw him miss the Town's first victory of the season - a 3-0 win at Southampton in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - and Prutton was named among the substitutes when he was available again, though he regained his starting place the next weekend, as Swindon began a three game winning streak that most fans thought was the turning point in their season after a stuttering start. At the end of September though, fans saw the best and worse of Prutton in one game - after an awful start against Plymouth, Prutton scored to get the Town back in it, but minutes after Michael Rose had equalised for Swindon, Prutton got himself sent off again for another needless challenge - and Plymouth went on to snatch the game in injury time. Suspended for two games and benched for the next two, Prutton was again recalled, this time after a 5-4 defeat at Peterborough - this time, he was ever-present right up until the end of January - a period during which the Town had been struggling for form, and after last season's success with Jonathan Douglas and Simon Ferry as the central midfield partnership, Prutton's performances came under a lot of scrutiny on internet forums, with many speculating that Douglas and Prutton were too similar players to be played together.

A 3-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers prompted manager Danny Wilson to reshuffle his side, and Prutton was one of those sacrificed - and he remained on the bench for the next month, a period of eight matches that Swindon won none and lost five. The last of these matches, a 4-1 defeat at Southampton, was the final straw for Wilson, who tendered his resignation - the man chosen to replace him, Paul Hart, was the boss of the academy at Nottingham Forest at the time that Prutton came through the ranks. The new man immediately recalled his protégé, and Prutton played every single minute of Hart's short tenure - as Swindon's relegation to League Two was confirmed. Come the end of the season, after Hart had been sacked and interim chairman Jeremy Wray informed players that they could talk to other clubs if they wished, despite originally stating that he wanted to stay to 'put things right', Prutton was one of the first out of the door - signing for Sheffield Wednesday on a two year deal for a nominal fee.


Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'10/'11 31 (+10) 3 3 - 1 - 1 - 36 (+10) 3
TOTAL 31 (+10) 3 3 - 1 - 1 - 36 (+10) 3


5 JUL 2010 IN Colchester United
24 MAY 2011 OUT Sheffield Wednesday
Undisclosed fee ()

full name

David Thomas Michael Prutton

U-21 international apps

25 apps

date of birth
12 September 1981


usual positions
central midfield

youth career
Nottingham Forest

senior career
Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest (loan)
Leeds United
Colchester United (loan)
Colchester United
Sheffield Wednesday
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Coventry City (loan)