Championship - Perch leaves Newcastle for Wigan

Newcastle's summer rebuilding programme began today with a departure as James Perch completed his move to Wigan.

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James Perch has signed for Wigan

The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year deal and becomes Latics boss Owen Coyle's fourth signing following the arrivals of Chris McCann, Stephen Crainey and Thomas Rogne.

Perch told the club's official website: "It feels great to be here with a new challenge ahead of me and I'm very excited at getting that started.

"The prospect of helping to get the team promoted was really appealing and I can't wait to meet the rest of the boys and get started.

"I think Wigan Athletic is a great club and after speaking with the manager, his ambition and determination to take the club back to the Premier League where it belongs is something I wanted to be a part of."

Perch, who can also operate at full-back, started his career at Nottingham Forest for whom he made his debut at Wigan in 2003.

He made over 200 appearances during a seven-year spell at Forest before moving to Newcastle on a free transfer in the summer of 2010.

Perch made a total of 80 appearances for Newcastle and scored his only goal for them in the 4-3 defeat at Manchester United on Boxing Day last year.

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