Wigan Athletic confirm Perkins deal

David Perkins
David Perkins

WIGAN Athletic have confirmed they are to sign former Blackpool midfielder David Perkins.

The 32-year-old was an almost ever present for the Seasiders last season, playing 47 times under Lee Clark and Jose Riga.

The midfielder agreed terms with Wigan earlier today and will officially become a Latics player on July 1 when his contract expires at Bloomfield Road.

Perkins will join on a one-year deal having played over 300 matches in the Football League for Rochdale, Colchester United, Barnsley and Blackpool.

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell moved quickly following the announcement he would be released from Blackpool and said: “It’s a no brainer for me, I’ve always been impressed with his energy and willingness to give 100 per cent, and we feel he can contribute greatly this season.

“He is a very combative player, always willing to work hard and I’m delighted to add him to the squad. We’ve been looking at him for a while and I’m sure he can do a good job for us.”

Born in Heysham near Lancaster, Perkins began his career with local side Morecambe, then a Football Conference outfit, spending seven years with the Shrimps from 2000 to 2007 and making 199 appearances in all competitions, gaining promotion to the Football League.

He moved on to Rochdale for a season, then Colchester United, with whom he won four end of season awards in 2011: Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Association Player of the Year both home and away.

He joined Barnsley in 2011 making his first step up into the Championship and helping the Tykes to consecutive survivals in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

The following season he joined Blackpool on a free transfer, accumulating 67 appearances before the end of the 2014-15 season, in which he played in all but one of the Tangerines’ 46 fixtures.