Wednesday, 3 July 2013

James Perch heads to Wigan

Wigan have brought in utility man James Perch from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee thought to be just below the £1 million mark on a 4-year contract.

Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League last year, have been bringing in quite a few players over the past few weeks in a squad rebuild masterminded by manager Owen Coyle to get back up to the top tier. The sudden intake of players could be due to the possibility of many players leaving to play in the Premier League and ex-manager Roberto Martinez looking to bring in a few of his old players to Everton like Arouna Kone. Many more players have been linked away from Wigan such as Callum McManaman and James McCarthy because Wigan have plenty of Premier League standard players, so if they can keep the majority if their players then they should come straight back up.

Although James Perch was not considered a first-team player and was far from the best, he was still a regular player at Tyneside due to many injuries. He played at centre-back, right and left-back, defensive midfield and centre midfield so he really was a key player for Newcastle because he could play nearly anywhere - he is the definition of versatile!

The 27 year-old featured in the Prem, Europa League, Capital One Cup and the FA Cup last season, scoring just the once - against Man United on Boxing Day (good Christmas for him then!) Over his 3 year spell in the North he played 81 times for the Magpies after he joined from Nottingham Forest in 2010.

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