Them and us – David Cotterill (Wigan Athletic and Swansea City)

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The visit of Swansea City this weekend gives TNS the opportunity to look back on the career of David Cotterill who left Swansea City month.

David Rhys George Best Cotterill was born in Cardiff on 4th December 1987.  His first club was Bristol City, who were managed by Brian Tinnion at the time, for whom he made his league debut on 30th October 2004 against Colchester United.   After netting eight goals in 62 appearances he was signed signed by Paul Jewell from the Robins on 31st August 2006. He arrived at the JJB Stadium in a £2.000.000 deal that would see him sign a three-year contract.

He is still the youngest player to ever play for Wales and he signed for Latics on the same day as Kevin Kilbane and Svetoslav Todorov. His current international tally is 19 games played and one goal scored.  He made his Latics Premiership debut on 9th September 2006 against Portsmouth at Fratton Park in a game that resulted in a 0-1 defeat, entering the field of play as a 78th minute substitute for Gary Teale.

He made 7+11 Premiership appearances for Latics, scoring once before being loaned to Sheffield United on 8th February 2006 for the remainder of the 2007/08 season where he made 15+1 League appearances for the Blades without scoring before returning to the JJB Stadium.

He failed to break unto the first team frame at the JJB Stadium and in order to further his international career he signed permanently for the Blades on 28th July 2008 for an ‘undisclosed’ fee.  He went on to make a further 38 League appearances for the Bramall Lane outfit, scoring 6 goals, before embarking on a loan spell at Swansea City in November 2009, during the Roberto Martinez revolution at the Liberty Stadium.

The signing was made permanent courtesy of a then club record fee of £600,000 in January 2010.  However the arrival of another former Latics player Scott Sinclair, saw Cotterill being used more frequently as a second striker and he joined Portsmouth on loan on 17th February 2011.

After making 39 League appearances and scoring 4 goals for the Swans, along with a tally of 1 goal in fifteen Pompey appearances he was released from his Liberty Stadium contract last month.

He is now plying his trade at Barnsley for whom he signed two weeks ago.

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