|Full name||David Rhys George Best Cotterill|
|Date of birth||4 December 1987|
|Place of birth||Cardiff, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Current club||Doncaster Rovers|
|2008||→ Sheffield United (loan)||16||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Swansea City (loan)||4||(0)|
|2011||→ Portsmouth (loan)||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:50, 30 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Cardiff, Cotterill started his career at Bristol City, making his debut as a substitute for Michael Bell during a 0–0 draw with Colchester United on 30 October 2004. He played 57 games and scored seven goals for them before the end of the 2005–06 season and was subsequently voted Bristol City's Young Player of the Season.
Cotterill joined Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal for £2 million on 31 August 2006. He scored his first goal for Wigan with a curling shot against West Ham United in a 2–0 victory at the Boleyn Ground, on 6 December 2006. Despite scoring 2 goals in 24 games with the Latics, his other goal coming against Sunderland in the FA Cup, he never fully established himself in the first team and was made available for loan.
Seeking first team football to aid his international career, Cotterill joined Championship side Sheffield United on 8 February 2008 on a loan deal to last until the end of the 2007–2008 season. He made his debut for the Blades the next day in a 0–0 home draw with Scunthorpe United eventually going on to play sixteen games for the Blades during his loan spell.
Cotterill returned to Bramall Lane later that summer and signed permanently for the Blades in July 2008 for an undisclosed fee. Having made his move permanent Cotterill found it difficult to find the form that had made his loan spell a success and struggled to hold down a place in the side. It wasn't until the turn of the year that he began to force his way into the Blades first team and was rewarded in March with his first goal in United colours, slotting home a penalty in a 2–1 home win against Birmingham City. Having taken over spot-kick duties he finished the season with four goals. After the Blades failure to secure promotion Cotterill once again found form and first team starts hard to come by in the following season and was largely used as a substitute by manager Kevin Blackwell.
Cotterill moved to Swansea City on loan in November 2009, signing until the following January with a view to making the move permanent. He made his debut in the away fixture against Newcastle United, coming on as a second-half substitute, and scored his first goal for Swansea in a 2–1 FA Cup 3rd Round defeat to Leicester City on 2 January 2010. Following the move being made permanent for a then-club record fee of £600,000, Cotterill went on to score three more goals during the 2009–10 season; a free-kick against Preston North End, a long-range effort against Newcastle, and a penalty against Peterborough. The arrival of Scott Sinclair from Chelsea at the beginning of the 2010–11 season saw Cotterill employed more as a second striker behind Stephen Dobbie, rather than on the wing. He started the season off well under new Swans manager Brendan Rodgers, putting in some good performances and converting a penalty in a 4–0 win over Preston. However, Cotterill then missed his next two penalties which on both occasions would have put his side in the lead and his confidence on the pitch appeared to drop. The first miss came against Norwich City, a game which Swansea eventually lost 2–0, and the second came in a 0–0 draw with Championship pace-setters Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium. Cotterill did not feature in any games following a 1–0 home win over Barnsley on 28 December 2010, and was sent out on loan to fellow Championship side Portsmouth on 17 February 2011.
In 2011–12 season when Swansea City were promoted to the Premier League, Cotterills first team appearances were limited and he (along with Andrea Orlandi and Thomas Butler) was approached by Dutch team ADO Den Haag to go on loan, according to a board member of ADO Den Haag. Cotterill was released from his Swansea City contract by mutual consent on 12 January 2012 after making no appearances so far that season. Later that day he teamed up with Leicester City for a training session with a view to earning a permanent deal.
Cotterill joined Portsmouth in February 2011 initially on a one-month loan deal, taking the number 17 shirt vacated by John Utaka. He made his debut two days later in a 1–0 win over Barnsley, and scored his first goal for his new club against Ipswich Town on 26 February. Cotterill extended his loan with Pompey and until the end of the 2010–11 season.
Cotterill signed for Barnsley on 16 February 2012, as a free agent, after leaving Swansea City in January. He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for his new club against Peterborough on 24 March. He was released at the end of the 2011–2012 season by Barnsley manager Keith Hill.
He joined Doncaster Rovers on 27 June 2012 on a two-year deal as they look to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking. He scored a stunning goal in a pre-season match against Rotherham United, he announced via a local press conference that he has arrived at the best club he has played for. In his league debut for Doncaster at Walsall, he scored from about 40 yards. He has since scored many other spectacular goals in League One including a 30 yard equaliser against Brentford. Doncaster finished top of League One in the 2012-13 season and Cotterill was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League One.
- As of 1 April 2013
|Club performance||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2004–05||Bristol City||Football League One||12||0||-||-||12||0|
|2006–07||Wigan Athletic||Premier League||16||1||1||0||-||17||1|
|2007–08||Sheffield United (loan)||Football League Championship||16||0||-||-||16||0|
|2009–10||Swansea City (loan)||4||0||1||1||-||5||1|
|2011–12||Swansea City||Premier League||-||-||-||0||0|
|2011–12||Barnsley||Football League Championship||11||1||-||-||11||1|
|2012–13||Doncaster Rovers||Football League One||44||10||-||3||0||47||10|
|2013–14||Football League Championship||3||0||0||0||2||0||5||0|
- Doncaster Rovers
Cotterill is a full Welsh international, making his debut against Azerbaijan in October 2005. He attracted controversy when he criticised the Wales manager John Toshack in 2007, for having not been picked in the squad. Since the turn of 2009 and gaining games for Sheffield United and giving man of the match displays for the Blades, Cotterill was awarded a place in John Toshack's team for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
Wales' goal tally first
|1.||11 August 2010||Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Wales||Luxembourg||1 – 0||5–1||Friendly|
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