Perch signs deal with Wigan Athletic after leaving Newcastle United

James Perch after joining Wigan Athletic.
James Perch after joining Wigan Athletic.

JAMES Perch has signed a four-year deal at Wigan Athletic after leaving Newcastle United.

The utility player has been sold to the Championship club for a reported £700,000 fee.

Perch made 81 appearances – and scored one goal – in his three years at St James’s Park.

“It feels great to be here with a new challenge ahead of me, and I’m very excited at getting that started,” Perch told Wigan’s official website.

“The prospect of helping to get the team promoted was really appealing, and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the boys and get started.

“I think Wigan Athletic is a great club, and after speaking with the manager (Owen Coyle), his ambition and determination to take the club back to the Premier League where it belongs is something I wanted to be a part of.”

The 27-year-old follows defender Danny Simpson – whose United contract expired at the end of last month – out of the club.

Perch joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2010.