Date of birth
Experienced midfield dynamo voted Player of the Year in his first season for the club
The central midfielder Initially signed a one year deal in July 2015, which was extended by a season until the end of June 2017 midway through his first season – such was the impact he made.
The tireless midfielder was Gary Caldwell’s first signing as Wigan Athletic manager and what an acquisition he has proven to be.
He is one of those players every team needs, who does all the ‘dirty’ jobs in midfield, protecting the back four and linking midfielders and forwards.
Initially signed a one year deal, which was extended by a season until the summer of 2017 midway through his first season – such was the impact he made.
In a season in which striker Will Grigg scored 28 goals and had a song that went viral, two forwards – Michael Jacobs and Yanic Wildschut – scored ten and nine goals respectively and midfielder Max Power became a fans’ favourite, Perkins still cleaned up at the End of Season awards, scooping Player of the Year, Supporters’ Club Away Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year.
He played in all-but one of Latics’ league fixtures in the 2015-16 season, missing one match through suspension - and truly was the heartbeat of the teamthat secured the Sky Bet League One title
Although he wasn’t used quite as much in 2016-17, he still notched 27 league appearances, filling in at both left wing-back and the left side of midfield on occasion.
CAREER SO FAR
Perkins began his career with local club Morecambe in 2000, making his debut for the then Conference side as an 18-year-old in a 3-2 away defeat against Lincoln City on 28 November.
The midfielder scored his first career goal on 28 January 2006 in a 3-1 away win at Crawley Town. Former Latics forward Stuart Barlow had earlier grabbed a brace in the same game, and former midfielder Ged Brannan was an unused substitute.
Perkins joined Rochdale in January 2007 and made his debut as a first half substitute in a 5-0 home win against MK Dons. This was also the midfielder’s Football League debut.
Ahead of the 2008-09 season Perkins signed for Colchester United, scoring six goals in 43 appearances in his first season and playing a total of 91 games before his departure in 2011.
Perkins joined Barnsley in 2011 for his first taste of Championship football. He played 100 times for the Tykes before joining Blackpool in January 2014.
Prior to his move to the DW Stadium, Perkins played against Latics four times in the previous two seasons (whilst playing for Barnsley and Blackpool). He made 67 appearances in all competitions during his time with the Bloomfield Road outfit.