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
Date of Birth: 28 September, 1985
Height: 5′ 11″ (180cm)
Weight: 11st 5lbs (72.18kg)
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.
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.