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James Perch Could Be Staying At Newcastle Long Term

9:43 am, Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

James Perch is one of the best professionals at Newcastle.

James Perch – has been great for Newcastle this year

Last season he had a tough time of it,  and once Danny  Simpson had recovered from that bad ankle injury,  he came straight back in at right-back and James Perch lost his first team place.

And he didn’t regain it last season, and it looked like James Perch had been a bad buy, a player signed from Nottingham Forest,  who we were hoping could make the step up to the Premier League.

He didn’t do that last season, but since the turn of this year in particular, his performances have improved dramatically,  and the low maintenance player is fast becoming a fan favorite, and he deserves to be too.

His play on Sunday, when he was drafted in at center-back, to replace the injured Coloccini was excellent,  and we look to James having another solid game at the back at Swansea on Friday, and then against Bolton at home next Monday.

James epitomizes the great spirit in Newcastle’s side this season, and a source close to the player said:

“James is very happy at Newcastle and the fans really seem to have taken to him.”

“Of course things change quickly in football but he is happy and the club seem happy with him.”

“If the club get into Europe they will need a big squad.”

It seems there may not be too much going on with the contacts of our players,  until we know if Newcastle are in Europe for next season, but if the lads make it, don’t be surprised if  some of our current players get extensions to their contracts.

Ryan Taylor has already signed one, and we wouldn’t be surprised if James get an extension to his contract, which runs out two years come June.

Danny Simpson has no doubts that James can get the job done for Newcastle:

 “His performances are want you want,”  “The manager said before its not about the 11, its about the squad. People are going to get suspended or injured – it’s a squad game.”

“The manager said all along he expects our training levels to be high because you never know, come Saturday or Sunday the subs might have to get thrown on and perform.”

“James is the perfect example of that. He got thrown on at left-back against Arsenal and did really well against Walcott, then there was the weekend. He’s done really well at center mid as well.”

“It just goes to show the squad we’ve got, we work hard and anyone can come in.”

Good words there from Danny, and if James keeps up his solid performances, he could stay at Newcastle long term, and come to think of it,  we still wonder what Danny Simpson’s intentions are.

The two Dannys – Simpson and Guthrie,  still have to sign new deals with Guthrie’s current four year deal running out in June, and we’d like to see both of these players sign new deals to stay on Tyneside.

That’s especially true if we qualify for the Europa League next season, and if we do,  maybe Newcastle can offer some of their players improved contract offers?

All we can say to James Perch is to keep doing what you’re doing – the 26 year-old has been  simply fantastic for Newcastle lately!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Danny Guthrie · Danny Simpson · James Perch · Newcastle News


25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lewytoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    perch :D

  • 2 lewytoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    i can go and read the article now haha

  • 3 lewytoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    whos better???? perch or simpson?

  • 4 roe997 // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    The rise and rise of perchinho

  • 5 davybtoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    For starters perch has 3 years left on his contract signed a 5 year deal only been here 2, secondly I wouldn’t get rid of one like perch, Guthrie, gosling, Simpson, Williamson or best there all English n they all can do a job it’s about building a squad we buy new players for the starting 11 n hav these lads as back up, then we replace these lads with the great youth players when there ready

  • 6 davybtoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    We’ve got perchinho

  • 7 davybtoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Here’s a question for you we buy Douglas n petiers but non of our current defenders leave what’s the back 4

    Mine would be
    Santon Douglas colo petiers
    But I wud b tempted to switch staylor at rb

  • 8 lewytoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    santon — saylor/ douglas — colo — pieters

  • 9 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Apr 4, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    At the form he is in at the moment, it would be ridiculous to sell him. Unless of course someone offers more then he is worth.

  • 10 Toon_Tom // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Liverpool may put a cheeky bid of £44M for Perch ;)

  • 11 Solaidback // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Perch can do a good job as backup for Tiote too so we should keep him but don’t go blowing his trumpet too much fella’s, it’s only been 4-5 games that he’s shown he can handle the pressure… remember he got 5 yellow cards in 5 games last season at RB, so he’s a good squad player but nowt more…. :(

  • 12 nicholasnufc // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Put Perch on the header banner Ed

  • 13 bollance // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM


    Remember about a month back when people on here were having a go at you because you were supporting the team thro a lean patch and defending pardew etc. you told people to look at where we were in the league.. how wrong they were!!

  • 14 Dannyo // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    The presser should be today i think, considering the game is on Friday. It’s always two days in advance,

  • 15 Toon_Tom // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    nicholas – HAHAHAH, agreed ;)

  • 16 iamnufc // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Guys any idea if perch was a Carr buy??

  • 17 roe997 // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    If gutherie goes.who would replace him? I think corgnet would definatly improve us.

  • 18 roe997 // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Perch was hughtons as i recall

  • 19 lewytoon // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    no he was all hughton apparently

  • 20 Toon_Tom // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    roe – if Guthrie goes we have Vukic, Abeid, Gosling to replace him who are already on our books??

  • 21 Spuggy // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Perch and Raylor are a fantastic utility players who can be deployed in a number of positions. Worth there weight in gold.

    By my reckoning our priorities this summer are:


    Followed by:


    These positions are desirable but not essential, especially if Santon can establish himself like enrique did. Raylor, Perch, Fergy and Jonas can also play there. I’d like to see us get Pieters though, but not sure the club will see this as a priority.

    We don’t have too much natural RW cover- Obertan is probably the only one. Sammy can cover too but he’s still learning the game. However, Marv may do a job their when fit.

  • 22 bollance // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Perch played really well against us for forest in the game where Enrique scored at sjp.

    I watched perch’s debut against psv in a friendly. He played right back and he did not have a clue. They ripped him to pieces.

    Now he has improved. Knows what he is doing and is playing with good players in a stable team. One thing I like about perch is his passing. He plays forward direct quick passes which gets us going the right way. Rather then passing backwards because when we start passing backwards it ends up at Krul, then we all know what happens next..

  • 23 iamnufc // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Roe@ if guthrie leaves vuckic or abeid have to replace him.. if it is not then, its never.

  • 24 Sav // Apr 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Time to sell Perchy to Chelski or AC Milan for big money!

  • 25 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Agreed, wor perch for the banner on this site. While we are on the subject of simpson i can’t remember the last time he put a foot wrong.

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