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Perch Delighted To Be Joining Massive Newcastle Club

5:31 pm, Monday, July 5th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

James Perch signed along the dotted line today to become Newcastle’s first summer signing, and the club actually paid a transfer fee to Nottingham Forest too, although it’s likely to have been fairly small.

James Perch – delighted to be on Tyneside

And there’s no doubting James’ excitement at signing for the famous Newcastle United Football club as he told the official site today:

“It’s brilliant to finally get here,” “There was a lot of talk in January and I was close then but to get it signed and sealed is brilliant.”

“The size of the football club and the city is massive. I have come from a big club in Forest but it’s a step up to a massive club.”

Perch was unsuccessful in getting Nottingham Forest promoted, even though Forest did so well to finish 3rd top of the Championship but they lost to Blackpool in the two-legged play-off game.

The 24 year-old Mansfield-born utility man (if ever there was one!), who can operate in both midfield and defence, believes the Newcastle team showed great courage and belief in returning immediately to the Premier League, following their relegation a year ago.

James continued:

“We faltered at the last hurdle with Forest and it’s brilliant to be a Premier League player now,”

“Hopefully I can get some games under my belt and get training with the lads. The aura around the place is massive.”

“The players they have got here… to have got relegated and then come straight back up shows massive, massive courage.”

James is right there – our players last season were simply magnificent and they showed lots of guts and courage to get straight back up.

That’s unlike the many over-paid stars who left the club as quickly as they could get a one way ticket out of Newcastle once we had been relegated.

It’s a fantastic move for this lad, and we just hope he can make the step up to the Premier League, but the truth is that he’s completely unproven at England’s top level of football, and we have to hope Hughton has shown good  judgement in signing this player.

We’ve  put up a new poll, asking if Perch is a good signing for Newcastle United – it’s on our home page.

Comments welcome.

Tags: James Perch · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Turkish Magpie // Jul 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Does anyone know what number he wll wear?

  • 2 marshy // Jul 5, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    he had a good game against us at forest so might be a good signing but the EPL will let us know.

  • 3 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 5, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    ok sign more!!!! good player~!

  • 4 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 5, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Will S.taylor stay in our club???

  • 5 Newutd // Jul 5, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Please don’t go on about the game against us. I think everyone knows he did well. The rest of the season tho….

  • 6 Newutd // Jul 5, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    I really hope he does, Zangwill.

  • 7 BeeGuy // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    I’d like to think that this is a player that rises to the challenge. When he had to face Jonas, he did quite well. He had a broken shin for part of the year, so no telling how that affected his other matches. But keep in mind he was their captain, which should say volumes about his quality – unless Billy D appointed him despite what the squad might say. Let’s hope he is not “damaged goods”.

  • 8 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    I really hope he does, Newutd
    sign Dan Gosling also

  • 9 Howay The Lads // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Newutd, a lot of Forest fans say he had an awful season last year, but a lot also said one bad season doesn’t make you a bad player and are disappointed he’s leaving

  • 10 toonboyjake // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    I think he’ll be a decent signing for us, look at williamson, wasnt really rated by pompey( may be due to lack of game time though) and he was one of our best performers for the 4 months he played

    craigcoozy have you heard any more on that second signing?

  • 11 johnnyred // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Yes nufc are a massive club,so what!You are a massive club thats never won owt and have dropped a long way.Perch is an average championship player but will give 100%.He’s no way a premiership player,But good luck to him,I’ve a feeling we’ll be passing each other at the end of the season!

  • 12 Newutd // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    HTL –

    They are only sad to see him go because he was a loyal servant and a good BACKUP. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • 13 toonboyjake // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Newutd – you dont play 220 games and wear the captains armband if your a back-up player

  • 14 Howay The Lads // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Also if a decent player who’d just had a bad season left us would you pretend to be happy?

    I bet a high proportion would in their hearts have preferred him to stay but can’t bring themselves to say it.

    Anyway does it really matter? As long as he performs for us I couldn’t care less whether he played shoite for Forest :D

  • 15 Newutd // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    He WAS captain, and he got most of his matches in League one.

  • 16 MacToon // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Good luck to the lad and welcome to the TOON. Could be that RTaylor could give way now and be sold leaving us with Simpson and Perch to battle/cover for RB.

    Need some creative players and goal scorers in now imo.

    and Newutd we get it, you don’t have to keep saying the same thing over and over on every thread ;)

  • 17 MacToon // Jul 5, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Good to see the lads training and back together again, just been on Look North.

  • 18 noir9 // Jul 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    We don’t have alot of money to spend & simply can’t afford to take chances with the players we sign, he didn’t cost alot of money & probably won’t be on big money so if it doesn’t workout he can be moved on. Perch did show against us that he can raise his game so lets not write him off just yet. If it makes the doom merchants happier they can always pretend his names perchio & that we paid £10 mil to some spanish club for him.

  • 19 craigcoozy // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    toonboyjake – no word yet , just knw theres agent talking to newcastle ! nothing mite materialise from this one like, as soon as a player does arrive al be straight on here thou.

  • 20 Newutd // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Love you Craig

  • 21 thelongshanks // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Nice call craigcoozy.Nobody can doubt your sources going forward.I was glad to hear the news today.I think we definately needed a few bodies considering 3 have left from last season an we need depth especially in defence.

    Hopefully more to come.Cmon tha toon!

  • 22 Toon1978 // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:36 PM


    Sorry i missed something here, what the info on this second signing mate and who is it hehehehe ;)

  • 23 thelongshanks // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    2nd player probably Tom Cleverley loan deal.I wouldnt mind this too much although i dont like the fact other team will profit from this while our youngsters miis out on some much needed experience.

  • 24 Howay The Lads // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    I wouldn’t mind that Evra lad on loan – y’know to cover for Enrique if he gets injured

  • 25 newcastle10 // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:48 PM,19528,11678_6246215,00.html? linked with mansare he looks like a tank

  • 26 Toon1978 // Jul 5, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Tom Cleverly would be a good loan signing but only with an option to buy.

  • 27 baro // Jul 5, 2010 at 9:09 PM



  • 28 deeza // Jul 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    CRAIGCOOZY legend do us proud and let us know asap. PEACE

  • 29 Howay The Lads // Jul 5, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    This thread is turning into the beginning of a cult to craigcoozy. But seriously TELL US EVERYTHING ;)

  • 30 Toon1978 // Jul 5, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    I must of missed something but has craigcoozy getting info from somewhere lol?????

  • 31 geordielad880 // Jul 5, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    a mate of mine is a forest fan and he says perch was not captain

  • 32 daffy // Jul 5, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Buy championship players & thats where you end up.

  • 33 Howay The Lads // Jul 5, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    What like Everton with Joleon Lescott, Tim Cahill, Phil Jagielka & Jermaine Beckford.

    Bit of a silly comment really…

  • 34 daffy // Jul 5, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Beckford hasent proved it at top level .

  • 35 Howay The Lads // Jul 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    But the other three have all shown they are some of the best players in the Prem

  • 36 daffy // Jul 5, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Yeah fair comment but overall buying players from championship clubs is more of a risk than established prem players & if repeated could risk prem survival.

  • 37 Newutd // Jul 6, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Come on HTL. Do you really don’t see the difference between Perch and Lescott/Cahill/Jagielka?

    Those three were all proven in the Championship.

  • 38 Ericles // Jul 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    We have to give Perch a chance and welcome a player who wants to play for us. He is versatile and CH must see the writing on the wall that Ashley has scribbled – we need reliable cover. So, where are those to back up Jonas etc.

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