Date of birth
Former Premier League footballer James Perch signed for the Stags in August 2020.
Mansfield-born, Perch brings a wealth experience to his hometown club, having amassed over 500 career appearances.
He started his career at Nottingham Forest, where he enjoyed promotion from League One in 2008, and made over 200 appearances before signing for Newcastle United in July 2010, for a fee believed to be £1.5 million.
The versatile player, who can operate in defence and midfield, made his Magpies’ debut against Manchester United, scoring in a 4-3 loss for the club at Old Trafford.
After making 80 appearances for the Toon, Perch made the switch to Wigan Athletic in July 2013 and helped the club to an FA Cup semi-final in his first season as well as scoring in the Latics’ Championship play-off semi-final second leg against QPR.
In the campaign thereafter, Perch captained Wigan in 42 matches.
He was awarded the Players’ Player of the Year accolade in two successive seasons at the DW Stadium, before moving to QPR.
Perch enjoyed three seasons in the Championship at Loftus Road and then signed for Scunthorpe United in 2018.
The 35-year-old often plays at centre-back for Mansfield, but can also play at right-back and in midfield.
The defender will unfortunately spend the 2021/22 season on the sidelines after fracturing his skull in training early in the campaign.