After seven weeks of
transfer talks, David Bell became Norwich's seventh signing of
the 2008/9 pre-season when they paid Luton £750,000 for
the Irish B international midfielder on 23rd July 2008
David began his career
at Rushden & Diamonds where he made 122 appearances, scoring
10 goals. During his time with Rushden, he had trials with Middlesbrough.
He joined Luton in
2006 and made 70 appearances for them over two seasons although
the latter part of the 2007/8 season was spent on loan to Leicester
City for whom he made 6 appearances and he was expected to make
a move to the Walker Stadium until Leicester were relegated.
In December2008, it
was eported that cash-strapped Norwich were preparing a swap deal
that would see Bell in Coventry in return for Elliott Ward, as
the Canaries were short of defensive options following Dejan
Stefanovic's injury and John Kennedy's
loan deal coming to an end. Bell finally signed for Coventry on
30th January 2009 for a fee reported to be between £150,000
and £500,000. New Canaries manager Bryan Gunn agreed to
sell the 25-year-old to City's Coca-Cola Championship rivals for
an undisclosed fee after his short spell in Norfolk, citing homesickness
as one of the main reasons: David hasn't had the
opportunity to show us his quality on his preferred side of the
pitch. He approached me last week and asked about the situation,
saying he wanted to move back closer to home with his young family.
When Coventry made their offer, David was clear he wanted to go.
David has been very professional and we wish him well in his future
career. Bell made his debut for Coventry in their 2-1
defeat to Derby on 31st January 2009.
Bell was not in the line-up for Coventry when they lost to Doncaster
on 21st April 2012 and were relegated to League One.
Released by Coventry on 19th July 2013, he immediately signed
for Notts County.
On 24th January 2013, Bell surpirsingly quit Notts County to
sign for non-league Kings Lynn. Bell had made 13 appearances this
season for Notts County but realised that injuries were limiting
his ability to play professionally. He was hoping to develop a
coaching career alongside playing. Lynn manager Gary Setchell
had played with Bell at Rushden & Diamonds.
Bell left Kings Lynn in the summer of 2015, signing for Stamford
before moving to Northern League Division One South side Spalding
United on 29th September 2015.
In late October 2016, Bell joined Corby as Assistant Manager to Gary Mills who had joined the Steelmen from Kings Lynn where he had been assistant. Bell became Corby manager in May 2017 after Mills left the club. but he was sacked in September 2017.