Another new signing...another set of facts
The transfer window has seen yet another player arrive at the DW Stadium this summer, with James Perch becoming the fourth signing made by Owen Coyle since taking charge. To get to know our latest new boy, here are ten quick facts...
1. James was born in Mansfield on September 27 1985, sharing a birthday with former Latics player and manager Paul Jewell.
2. Wigan Athletic is the third club of James’ professional career, having previously played for Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United.
3. Although it’s a new chapter in his career, the DW Stadium already holds fond memories for the defender, as it was here where he made his professional debut in August 2004, starting in a 1-1 draw against Forest.
4. Described as a versatile player, Perch has taken up positions in defence and midfield for his previous clubs, but actually started life playing in attack, before being re-positioned whilst at the Forest academy.
5. Debuts against future clubs seem to be a common theme for Perch, featuring for the first time in a Forest shirt for their reserve team in an eventful match against Newcastle in 2001, scoring twice before receiving a red card.
6. Making 30 appearances in the 2007/08 season, Perch helped Forest win promotion from League One to the Championship by claiming the runners-up spot in the third tier.
7. In 2010 he swapped a red shirt for a black & white one, joining Newcastle United, after making 222 appearances in all competitions and scoring 14 goals for Forest.
8. It wasn’t long before Perch became a record breaker at St. James’ Park, albeit a record he probably didn’t want. At the beginning of the 2010/11 season, his five yellow cards in five consecutive games became a new league record, surpassing four in four collected by Edgar Davids.
9. On Boxing Day of last season, Perch scored his first and only goal for Newcastle; opening the scoring at Old Trafford in a thrilling 4-3 win for Manchester United.
10. In his three seasons at St. James’ Park, the fans’ favourite made 65 league appearances, including 37 in all competitions last term.