James Perch Career So Far – Newcastle’s New Signing

Most Newcastle fans will be asking who is James Perch, although the club made an offer for him in January, which was reported as being derisory.

James Perch – first Newcastle signing of the summer

Here are the basic details of the player:

Name: James Perch
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 28 September, 1985
Height: 5′ 11″ (180cm)
Weight: 11st 5lbs (72.18kg)
Position: Defender/Midfielder

And we’ve checked the Nottingham Forest web-site and he has played a total of 216 times for Forest, whom he joined in 2003, and has so far scored 14 goals.

James suffered a heel injury a year ago and missed Forest’s pre-season trip to Portugal,and he later missed about half of  last season due to injury, but Newcastle were interested in the player last January, and even made an offer, which was too low for the Nottingham Forest club at that time.

Here is one article we had out at the time and you can also do a search on James Perch on the right hand side search box of our home page and we had several articles on the lad in January.

It seems like Perch is well known to Newcastle’s assistant manager Colin Calderwood, who took Nottingham Forest to promotion to the Championship in 2008, and Calderwood is a huge admirer of the player – who can play in defense and across the midfield and started his career as a striker.

He is listed on the Forest web-site as a defender, and took over the captaincy at the club a couple of years ago.

The main thing about James is that he is a hugely versatile player who is capable of playing at right back, in the center of defence or anywhere across the midfield, which is where he has played much of his football for the Forest club.

Since Billy Davies took over as manager of the club, Billy played him more in defense, but where Chris Hughton will deploy him at Newcastle is anybody’s guess, but we have to think he’ll challenge for the right back position over the summer.

Although born in Mansfield, he was on Norwich City’s books as a schoolboy before joining the Nottingham Forest Forest Academy back in 2003 and he made his debut for the club in 2004, and was  Forest’s second longest serving player behind Wes Morgan.

This lad looks like a good signing to us, if only for his flexibility and his big experience with Forest, but hopefully he is a very good Championship player who can make the step up to the Premier League, and no doubt he will be delighted at the move and a chance to play in the best league in the world.

We wonder if he’s every played in front of a 52,000 crowd before?

James is also a transfer signing, although the amount could be fairly low, so Newcastle do have a bit of cash to spend this summer.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Jul 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Hmm…injury prone as well. Getting more and more negative the more I read.

  • Newutd

    Jul 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2


    “Newcastle, preparing for life in the Championship so soon.”

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought we had raylor for versatility. This is another Best like signing – pure championship mediocrity.

  • RichK

    Jul 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Let’s be a lttle more positive, Perchy isn’t going to set the prem alight but he will provide us with good solid cover over the course of the season and i personally think he is a better RB than either DS or RT, we shall see.

  • Newutd

    Jul 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Forest fans mentioned on the side I put up here, that Calderwood liked to play him as a right winger…

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Doesn’t exactly get the juices flowing or the pulses racing does it !! I’d rather we got more talented youngsters than more extremely average journeymen.

  • craigcoozy

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Do i get an apology for telling you bout this transfer 1 day in advance ??

  • Sav

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    You lot are barmy. This is a great signing. Right age, good size, a skilful defender who will be chomping at the bit for some 1st team action. The fact he can play in various positions should be seen as a bonus. Don’t paste him with the dreaded ‘utility player’ tag because I think we’ve just bought a first-choice right back. If Danny Simpson proves me wrong I’ll be delighted to say so, but for me, Perch is an improvement. He was immense against us last season, so why be negative now he’s playing in our colours?

  • Sav

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh aye….Well done, Chris Hughton!

  • gorskino10

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    A good player for backup to come on, but nothing that will command a starting role, im stilll unsure if Hughton is right for the market tbh i just hope he atleast BUYS players who will improve the team not just add as backup incase of injuries.

  • Newutd

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Sav, look at the link I put up here. You have drawn a conclusion over Perch just because of his good game against us. He is not a “good”signing, other than that we need backup. ( I guess he could take Simpsons place though, who have yet to really impress..)

    And craigcoozy, I have given my apology on the article we discussed in;)

    But you deserve another on. Sorry, mate! keep us informed;)

  • craigcoozy

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #12

    lads a know you say i wont be doubted next time but at least 1day in advance i came on here and said owen, nolan , taylor nd routledge, finnan abeit he didnt sign for wotever reason. the only person that knows truth is “the entertainers” cos hes knows my source.
    still knw word on next player although his agent is kenneth asquez and looking into him on google he deals with spanish market. will keep ya posted

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    as has been largely reported by forest fans, his game against us was a one off and more a case of Jonas having a stinker.

    I’d rather tavernier, kadar or Tozer were given a chance

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Five internal promotions and now a signing, when do the sales start?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    I think this lad could be similar to the signing of Wayne Routledge, a young lad with a good chance to press on in his career.

    Besides, the fee quoted is around the £1M mark, so, even for a squad player, that is a snip really!

    At the end of the day we need squad numbers, and these are the type of players to make up them numbers IMO.

  • Worjackie

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with SAV. Although we beat them 2-0 last Season. Perch was outstanding the whole match, Myself and a few others mentioned how good he was. I think he’ll be a great player for us. Well done Chris Houghton. Lets wait until he’s done something wrong before we rip him apart.

  • Adssy Mccc

    Jul 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Everyone is saying that his game against us at home was a one-off, but what’s to say that playing in front of that crowd and being up against a top winger, were not the reasons for his improved performace on the night…? If this was the case, then he’d certainly have both those things thrown into the mix next season (i.e. playing at decent grounds and defo being up against world class wingers every week!).

    This is assuming he would take up a right back role of course….

    Anyway, let’s just hope this turns out to be the case!!

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #18

    The thing is we haven’t signed him on the one performance. We were after him in Jan.

    Clearly Calderwood has clearly had a big say in this. Perch is a versatile player, and can cover so many positions and thats how he will play for us.

    And maybe this second player, if hes from spain will be part ex for Xisco.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Geovanni anyone?

    Released by Hull.

    Good cover and a different option on the right wing.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 5, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Hughton told the club’s official website: “James is a player I’ve admired for some time and it’s great we’ve been able to secure his services.

    “I’m certain he’ll prove to be a great addition to our squad.”

    Atleast he knows he is a Squad Player not a starter 🙂 thankfully, hopefully he know can move onto other targets, as long as we get a Attacking Playmaker itll be ok 🙂

  • Jonas18

    Jul 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Danny Simpson can’ defend 1 on 1 situations to save his life!!!!! Everytime he came up against a half decent left winger he got skinned almost every time last season.

    James Perch is an improvement to our RB position and in my opinion BETTER than Danny Simpson.

    He’s a good signing.

  • simon winham

    Jul 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Robby Bobson Geovanni is past his best plus he is 30. If we have money to spend I would like to see Kevin Prince Boateng come in from Portsmouth.


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