Name: James Perch
Squad number: 14
Born: 28th September, 1985, Mansfield
Height: 185cm (6ft 1in)
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest
Signed: July 2010 from Nottingham Forest
Newcastle United debut: 16th August, 2010 v Manchester United (away), Premier League
James Perch signed for Newcastle United from Nottingham Forest on 5th July, 2010, for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.
The versatile defender made his Magpies debut in the opening game of the 2010/11 season, away at Manchester United, and went on to gain an unwanted and unique record of receiving yellow cards in his first five Premier League games.
Perch made 15 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies during the season, without finding the back of the net.
An injury sidelined him for the opening few games of the 2011/12 campaign, but he came back into contention with a place on the substitutes' bench against Aston Villa on 17th September.
Born in Mansfield, Perch joined Nottingham Forest's Academy in 2003, having been on Norwich City's books as a schoolboy and came up through the ranks at the City Ground.
He made his debut for the Reds as an 18-year-old in August 2004, and quickly became a regular for them in the Championship and League One after their relegation.
During his six seasons at Forest, Perch made 220 appearances, scoring 14 goals, before opting for a switch to Newcastle.