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.
“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.