David Perkins thanks Latics supporters and reflects on some of his favourite memories from his time at the club after agreeing to join Rochdale.
- David Perkins joins Rochdale AFC following three years at Wigan Athletic.
- Popular midfielder shares his memories from his time at Latics.
- "It's a sad day, but I'm looking forward to a new challenge." - David Perkins.
After three years, three Player of the Year trophies, two promotions and countless moments of laughter, David Perkins left Wigan Athletic today in order to continue his career with his former teammate and manager Keith Hill at Rochdale AFC, but before he left the Wigan Athletic Training Centre for pastures new, the ever-popular midfielder had a message for Latics supporters who have backed him so well during his time at the DW Stadium.
"The fans have been incredible with me and I've loved their support throughout my three years, unfortunately I've not been able to give them many goals, but they've been absolutely brilliant.
"This club is a family. Everyone pulls together and everyone is made to feel welcome at the training ground and at the stadium, that will be my lasting impression of the football club.
"I'm very sad to be leaving, but at the same time I'm looking forward to a new challenge at Rochdale.
"I've signed two years there, so I've got a lot to look forward to.
"I've made some great memories here, I've been on some great trips with the lads and won some awards... including worst dressed.
"I've made some great friends at the club, the likes of; Karen our Player Liaison Officer, Dave the chef, Chris Laird our secretary, the gaffer, Anthony Barry, Leam Richardson, Gary Caldwell, Graham Barrow, I could go on and on about the special people I've met during my time at the club.
"The chairman has been unbelievable with me as well, and I really can't thank people enough, that goes to everyone involved across the club.
"I am sad to be leaving, but I'll take all of the memories with me and always look back on good times.
"Me and Max have had some great times together, the trips we've been on in the hotels with the club, we've been away to Las Vegas a few times and our partners get on really well and we'll definitely be staying in touch."
"I've had three good years here. The first season we got promoted and I played a lot of games, the second year wasn't so good in terms of what we achieved, but I still played a lot of matches and this year I haven't played as much, but it's all part of my experience and I've learned a lot from my time at the club.
"I haven't been as much a part of things on the pitch this season, but I've been able to encourage the young lads in the squad, the likes of Ryan Colclough. I've seen new lads come in during my years like Sam Morsy who is a brilliant example of a captain. Hopefully I've helped lads like that and the new management staff who came in last summer.
"It was top drawer. It's an obvious highlight of my time here, I was absolutely made up, but now I'm a bit disappointed it didn't win Goal of the Season, Griggy just pipped me. There are hundreds of brilliant memories, but that's the one for me.
On re-joining Rochdale, Perkins added:
"I know Keith Hill very well. I'm excited to get back to playing football, I can't wait for pre-season and hopefully this time next year I'll have another promotion on my CV, fingers crossed."