Newcastle were after James Perch in January of 2010, when he was still at Nottingham Forest, but the versatile player was not available at that time, and we eventually brought him to Newcastle in the following summer, as we got back into the Premier League.
James Perch - transformed his Newcastle career
And of course James has a tough first season on Tyneside, and lost his first team starting place when Danny Simpson returned from his ankle injury in October of 2010, and then James didn’t even make the American tour in July of last year.
But since then James has come on big time, and he can play anywhere across the back four, and also in defensive midfield, and he’s put in some sterling performances for Newcastle this year.
James seems a big admirer of Chris Hughton, who returns to St. James” Park this afternoon with Norwich City, and this is what James had to say to the local press yesterday:
“He is a top bloke.” “You couldn’t meet a nicer fellow in football and I think that is why Newcastle did so well under him.”
“You get some managers who you cannot talk to, but I think if players came across Chris anywhere, they felt they could talk to him and approach him. He was just that kind of guy.”
“I do owe him a massive debt. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have got my chance in the Premier League and I wouldn’t be here now.”
“I have to thank Chris and also Colin Calderwood for that. I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me. It was their input that changed my life.”
Indeed James has brought about a massive transformation in his career at Newcastle, and he’s now a top squad player at the club, and will probably play at right back this afternoon against Norwich City, in Danny Simpson’s continued absence through injury.
James has already played at center-back and in defensive midfield this season too, in his 6 appearances so far for Newcastle.
And by our reckoning this will be Perch’s 50th appearance for Newcastle, and we think he’s add a lot more appearances to that figure this season.
James has proved himself a top class professional at Newcastle, and he deserves enormous credit for the way he has turned things around for himself on Tyneside, after Chris Hughton brought him to the club.