David Prutton is an English midfielder who was born in Hull on 12th September 1981. Prutton began his career with Nottingham Forest, and made his debut for the club on 22nd September 1999. The box to box midfielder was part of a very successful youth academy side at The City Ground, alongside the likes of Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas. Prutton became a Forest regular in 1999/2000, but didn't reach his peak until 2001, when his former youth team boss Paul Hart was appointed manager. He scored his first professional goal for Forest on 1st April 2000 in a 3-0 win a Crewe. From 2000 to 2003 Prutton was a regular for England U21's, and was eventually appointed captain
On 31st January 2003 Prutton signed for Gordon Strachan's Southampton for £2,500,000. He made his debut on 8th February 2003 in a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn. Prutton made a solid start to his Saints career and showed plenty of promise. He helped the club to an 8th place finish in 2003, but missed the clubs FA Cup run after playing in the competition earlier in the campaign for Forest.
Prutton remained a regular at St Marys in 2003/04 but divided opinion amongst fans. Some loved him for his commitment and drive, while others thought he was a headless chicken who lacked the discipline and tactical awareness to be a top player. After every home match, Prutton was the only player who would perform a lap of honour and applaud the entire crowd. He scored his first goal for the club on 15th May 2004 in a 2-1 loss at Charlton.
2004/05 was an eventful year for Prutton. He began the season in patchy form, despite a goal in a League Cup win at Northampton on 22nd September 2004. After Harry Redknapp arrived as new Saints boss in December 2004, Prutton's displays initially improved. His best ever performance in a Southampton shirt came on 22nd January 2005 in a 2-0 win over Liverpool. Prutton scored a goal and controlled the game in one of the clubs best showings of the campaign. On 22nd February 2005 he somehow contrived to miss an open goal from just a few yards out, which would have handed Saints a much needed 1-0 win at West Brom. Four days later Prutton was sent off after a nasty challenge on Arsenal's Robert Pires. To make matters worse, he refused to accept the decision and remained on the pitch where he man-handled an official. Prutton was given a 10 match ban and £6,000 fine. He returned on the final day, but could do nothing to stop Manchester United winning 2-1 and sending Saints down.
Prutton missed much of 2005/06 after suffering a metatarsal injury in match with QPR on 10th September 2005. When he did play his performances were never more than passable. Prutton scored in the 4-3 FA Cup win over MK Dons on 7th January 2006. He was sidelined once more in the opening months of 2006/07, making his first appearance at hometown club Hull on 2nd December 2006. Prutton replaced Andrew Surman, but put in a dreadful display at the KC Stadium. On 30th December he scored in a 2-0 win over Leicester, a game which was almost abandoned due to rain. Prutton lined up for Southampton for the final time on 6th January 2007 in an FA Cup tie at Torquay.
On 30th January 2007 Prutton rejoined Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season. He helped the club to a place in the League 1 play-offs with goals against Brentford and Bournemouth. Prutton was involved in the clubs second leg play-off semi final defeat to Yeovil, and was sent off after 90 minutes, leaving Forest down to 10 men for extra time. After Colin Calderwood's side had won the first leg at Yeovil 2-0, they looked near certainties to reach the Wembley final, but The Glovers turned it around and won 5-2 at The City Ground on 18th May 2007.
On 7th August 2007 Prutton signed for freshly relegated League 1 outfit Leeds United. He was on the winning side in his first six league appearances for the Elland Road club, including the 2-0 win over Swansea on 22nd September 2007 where he scored his first goal for Simon Grayson's men. Prutton had a very good first season with Leeds, and became a cult hero with fans. He helped the club reach the play-off final, which they lost on 25th May 2008 to Doncaster. Prutton lost his place in 2008/09 as Leeds missed out on promotion yet again. He was only used sparingly at Elland Road for the first few months of 2009/10 as well.
Prutton joined Colchester United on loan for a month on January 26th 2010 and scored on his debut the same day in a 2-0 win over MK Dons. After another goal against Stockport in February, the former Southampton man signed a permanent deal with the club until the end of the season. Prutton was offered a longer contract in the summer of 2010, but declined the offer and left the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
On 5th July 2010 Prutton signed for Swindon Town on a two year deal. He made his debut on 7th August in a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton. Prutton scored his first goal for the club on 21st August 2010 in 1-1 draw with Brentford. The former Forest man struggled for form in 2010, and could do nothing to stop The Robins dropping down to League 2.
On 24th May 2011 Prutton signed a two year deal with Gary Megson's Sheffield Wednesday.