Midfielder David Perkins became Keith Hill's first signing as Barnsley Manager in the summer of 2011.
The 29 year-old turned down a new contract with Colchester to pen a two-year deal with the Reds on July 1st, 2011.
Described by Keith Hill as a 'pocket rocket', the little midfielder scooped just about every accolade at Colchester United's end-of-season awards in 2011.
Perkins began his career with Morecambe, making over 170 appearances for the Shrimps prior to his switch to Rochdale in 2007. His performances at Spotland under manager Keith Hill didn't go unnoticed as Colchester splashed out a six-figure sum to land his services in July 2008. He made over 80 appearances for United and also appeared on loan for Chesterfield and Stockport County.
The diminutive midfielder proved many critics wrong after a tremendous first season in the Championship which saw 'Perks' operate in central midfield as well as featuring at left-back. So impressive were his performances, a close contest in the Player of the Year vote saw him come a very close third place.
The energetic midfielder penned an extension to his contract in August, 2012, keeping him at the club until at least the summer of 2014.
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