New signing James Perch is settling into life at Glanford Park and can’t wait to get the season underway as the Iron travel to Coventry City on Saturday for the opening fixture of the 2018/19 campaign.
Speaking to iFollow Iron about his first training session on Thursday, he said: “It’s been good. I haven’t trained for a few days now since I left Wigan, but it was fun to get out there and finally get on the pitch with the lads.”
The midfielder added about his new teammates: “All the lads have been welcoming and, as always, it’s never usually a bad dressing room. The guys all seem honest and have welcomed me well for sure. I’m just excited to get going with the games now.”
Perch also thinks that newcomers Coventry City will be a big test for the Iron but one they can overcome, as they play host at the Ricoh Arena for the first time since gaining promotion back to League One.
He said: “Naturally, they are going to be on a high because they will be confident following on from what they achieved last year. However, it’s a different league, so we’ll go there with our game plan and hopefully that’ll be good enough to beat them.”
When speaking about the challenges United will face when they play the Sky Blues, he added: “Coventry are a big club, and everybody knows the history behind them. It’s always great to get the first game underway, it’s usually red hot! Of course, it’s never easy but we are all definitely looking forward to it.”
The 32-year-old also knows how important it is to get points on the board early on in the season and said: “It’s massive. You don’t want to be four, five or six games down the line thinking we need to start picking up points now so the quicker you get them, the better.
“It also gives you good momentum going into the rest of the season as well. You want to start playing well and get them wins on the board as soon as you can.”
The new signing is impressed by the ambitions of the club and is looking forward to what the team can achieve this upcoming season.
He said: “The team have had good seasons the past couple of years by being in the play-offs so we just want to build on that really. When I came here, that’s what the gaffer said and I agreed with that so I said ‘right, let’s go then!’”
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