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DAVID PERKINS SET TO JOIN WIGAN ATHLETIC

20 May 2015

David Perkins agrees to join Latics from Blackpool in July.

  • David Perkins set to join Wigan from Blackpool in July.
  • Midfielder agrees to join Latics at the end of his contract with Blackpool.
  • Perkins agrees one-year contract with Wigan Athletic, subject to medical.
David Perkins is due to officially become a Wigan Athletic player on July 1 after his contract with Blackpool expires, subject to him passing a medical at the DW Stadium next month.

The 32 year-old midfielder has agreed terms on a one-year deal with Latics having played over 300 matches in the Football League for Rochdale, Colchester United, Barnsley and Blackpool.

Latics manager Gary Caldwell moved quickly following the announcement he would be released from Blackpool and said:

“It’s a no brainer for me, I’ve always been impressed with his energy and willingness to give 100%, and we feel he can contribute greatly this season.

“He is a very combative player, always willing to work hard and I’m delighted to add him to the squad. We’ve been looking at him for a while and I’m sure he can do a good job for us.”

Born in Heysham near Lancaster, Perkins began his career with local side Morecambe, then a Football Conference outfit, spending seven years with the Shrimps from 2000 to 2007 and making 199 appearances in all competitions.

He moved on to Rochdale for a season, then Colchester United, with whom he won four end of season awards in 2011: Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Association Player of the Year both home and away.

He joined Barnsley in 2011 making his first step up into the Championship and helping the Tykes to consecutive survivals  in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

The following season he joined Blackpool on a free transfer, accumulating 67 appearances before the end of the 2014-15 season, in which he played in all but one of the Tangerines’ 46 fixtures.

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