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Perch on his Iron aims

1 August 2018

James Perch is targeting hard work and determination as he arrives at Glanford Park as the Iron’s seventh summer recruit.

The midfielder penned a two-year deal at the club and, speaking to iFollow Iron, can’t wait to get going ahead of the new season kicking off on Saturday.

He said: “I’m delighted. My agent rang me and told me that Scunthorpe were interested and that was it really. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and he’s told me the plans for this season and the ambition. He really sold it to me and that was it.”

The 32-year-old arrives at the club with plenty of experience, particularly from the higher levels and also experienced promotion with Nottingham Forest from League One in 2007-08.

Speaking about his first impressions at Glanford Park, he said: “It’s been great. It’s proper old school coming to the ground and then training here as well. I did that at Forest and loved it, instead of going somewhere else.

“People have mentioned it since I’ve been here that when I was at Forest, Scunthorpe finished above us in the league (in 2006-07), which was a nice reminder.

“It’s a tough league. We (Nottingham Forest) spent a few years at this level when people expected us to go up straight away. With a bit of hard work and determination, it can be done.

“The leagues are similar in some ways. League One is very physical and very demanding. The team who works the hardest and is the most consistent seem to get out of the division.”

Following Perch’s departure from former club Queens Park Rangers, the midfielder has been training with Wigan Athletic to keep up his fitness and joins United in good shape going into the new campaign. 

“I feel great. I’ve done my pre-season at Wigan,” he continued. 

“Their Chairman got me in so I could keep fit and he knew my situation. He’s helped me out massively and I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to keep fit. If it wasn’t for them, I might not have got this opportunity at Scunthorpe.

“My target is to play as many games as I can and help Scunthorpe get where they want to be.”

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