James Perch told Latics Player how he was won over by Owen Coyle’s ambition and desire to take Wigan Athletic back to the Premier League.
The former Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United player also revealed his own determination to succeed at Latics, explaining how the move sees the 27-year-old’s career come full circle:
“I think Wigan Athletic is a great club and after speaking with the manager,” he said, “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.”
“It’s funny because the DW Stadium is where I made my debut for Nottingham Forest back in 2004, which was a good day for us in taking a 1-1 draw back with us. Forest were the first team I looked for on the fixture list, and we play them pretty early on, so that will be a strange one for me but another of many games I’m looking forward to this year.
“I’ve also had some bad memories of this place as well, losing a few times with Newcastle in the past couple of years, but hopefully from now on it’ll be a good home for me.
“The fans will see a player with lots of energy, who’s not afraid to get stuck in and who wants to win – that’s the minimum they’ll get from me.
“Stepping down from the Premier League to the Championship won’t affect how I approach games this season. I’ll fight, I’ll give 100% and I’m ready to battle for a place in the team to get us back to the top flight.”
Perch was the fourth signing of the summer for Coyle who has wasted no time in strengthening his squad in time for the new season, and anticipating more new arrivals in the coming weeks he explained how he’s excited to be a part of a new chapter at the club:
“There have been a few players come in already and there will probably be more to follow, so the competition in the squad is going to be fierce I think, but if you want to succeed in today’s game I think you need that in your group, and you need to push one another to be the best you can be.
“I think the new faces will give the club a fresh feel after what happened in the league last season and give it new energy, and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”
To see what else James had to say on the season ahead, leaving St. James’ Park and the chance to play in Europe for a second consecutive season [click here].