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PERKINS – “I COULDN’T TURN THE OPPORTUNITY DOWN”

25 June 2015

Midfielder delighted to pen deal for new season with Latics.

  • Perkins – “I share the ambitions of the manager and the chairman.”
  • “Combative midfielder” excited by new challenge.
  • 32-year-old believes possession-based style will hurt League One teams.
Summer signing David Perkins says he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to move to Wigan Athletic and fight for promotion to the Championship in the next stage of his career.

The former Barnsley and Blackpool man has penned a one-year deal at the DW Stadium and he says that conversations with Chairman David Sharpe and manager Gary Caldwell convinced him that Wigan was the right destination for him.

“There was actually the possibility of me coming here to Wigan in January on loan but that didn’t quite happen,” Perkins explained.

“As soon as the season finished, there was interest there again and I know Graham Barrow quite well so that helped it progress and I spoke to the manager here, got on well with him, wanted the same thing in terms of style of football and then I wanted to be part of the new era here at Wigan.

“Hopefully I can make a difference; I came to meet the chairman, he’s a good guy, I liked what he was saying and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to come here – I’m made up.

“The chairman and the manager are really focused on getting out of the league as soon as possible and getting back into the Championship.”

Describing his play, Perkins believes he will provide a combative edge to Latics’ midfield and help the club win and retain possession more efficiently.

“I’m a combative midfielder; I like to tackle, I like to get around, I like being on the ball and keeping the game simple – I don’t score too many goals but if I can try and improve on that then that would be brilliant,” he added.

“I’d like to think I was quite an intelligent player as well; I like to lend the ball and play possession-based football.

“League One is pretty robust, pretty scrappy but if you can get the ball down and play then you’ll really hurt teams, we’ll be looking to do that and get up as high as possible in the league.”

Perkins also stated that, on his arrival at the Stadium, the pictures of the club’s recent history made him even more determined to succeed.

And that the feedback he’s received from friends already at the club has driven his motivation further.

“I know a few people already; James Perch, Grant Holt, Mike Pollitt and Jimmy Barrow too and they all speak well about their time here,” Perkins continued.

“When I’ve been at the Stadium, I look at the pictures of Roberto Martinez and Paul Jewell and it’s a fantastic club.

“We need to get the club back into the Championship and higher again if that’s possible.”

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