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Mansfield Town sign former Premier League player

Posted onPosted on 13th Aug

Former Premier League footballer James Perch has signed a one-year contract with Mansfield Town.

Mansfield-born, Perch brings a wealth experience to his hometown club, having amassed more than 500 career appearances.

The 34-year-old started his career at Nottingham Forest, where he enjoyed promotion from League One in 2008, and made over 200 appearances before signing for Newcastle United in July 2010, for a fee believed to be £1.5mn.

The versatile player, who can operate in defence and midfield, made his Magpies’ debut against Manchester United, scoring in a 4-3 loss for the club at Old Trafford.

After making 80 appearances for the Toon, Perch made the switch to Wigan Athletic in July 2013 and helped the club to an FA Cup semi-final in his first season as well as scoring in the Latics’ Championship play-off semi-final second leg against QPR.

In the following campaign, Perch captained Wigan in 42 matches.

He was awarded the Players’ Player of the Year accolade in two successive seasons at the DW Stadium, before moving to QPR.

Perch enjoyed three seasons in the Championship at Loftus Road and then signed for Scunthorpe United in 2018.

Mansfield Town boss Graham Coughlan said: “James will bring that much-needed experience that our dressing room is missing.

“Being born in Mansfield, he won’t need educating on our club or our DNA. He will be great for our young lads to learn from both on and off the pitch.

“His experience of playing at a higher level will help us raise standards around the football club.

“His ability is clear for all to see and his fitness levels and appearances suggest that he will be a real driving force in our push for success.”