James Perch leaves Latics

James Perch in pre-season action for Latics
James Perch in pre-season action for Latics

JAMES Perch has left Wigan Athletic and joined Queens Park Rangers.

Latics rejected a number of offers from the Hoops, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.

But Rangers eventually broke Wigan’s resolve with another bid ahead of the new campaign.

The 29-year-old has been voted Players’ Player of the Year in each of the two seasons since his arrival from Newcastle in the summer of 2013.

He stepped up to the role of captain last term under both Malky Mackay and Gary Caldwell, although he was unable to prevent Latics suffering the drop into the third tier.

His consistency of performance, however, has not gone unnoticed and QPR want to him to aid their own attempts to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation.

Latics manager Gary Caldwell said: “James is a top professional but unfortunately the financial reality of where we are means that we have to make certain difficult decisions on players for the long-term benefit and stability of the football club – but only if they are deemed right for Wigan Athletic. We feel that we have now received a fee which matches our valuation, we thank James for his efforts during his time here and wish him all the best in his future career.”