United swoop for Perkins

Midfielder turned down other League One clubs for U's

Perkins: Changing clubs

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Colchester United have paid an undisclosed six-figure fee for Rochdale midfielder David Perkins.

Following the club record capture of striker Steven Gillespie from Cheltenham Town, Colchester have continued their spending spree with a deal for Perkins.

The 26-year-old had spent 18 months at Rochdale after joining from Morecambe, but had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if certain conditions were met.

He is looking forward to stepping up a division and Perkins admits there were other League One clubs interested in a deal.

"I spoke to a couple of League One clubs over the summer, but decided that Colchester were the best option for me," Perkins told Colchester's official website.

"Of course it's going to be a change for me, living down south and playing my football at this level, but it's one that I am willing to do."

Meanwhile, Dale have received a boost after Rory McArdle signed a contract extension to stay at Spotland until 2010.