Blue Square Bet
Published 8th July 2012
After suffering a season of disappointment with Lincoln City and AFC Telford United, the 6'4" target man said all he wanted was to enjoy playing football again.
He said: "I want stability and I want to enjoy my football - I want to get my love for the game back without all the politics behind the scene.
"I'm about to become a dad for the first time and I’ve just bought a house, so I wanted stability at a club in the Midlands. I had a number of offers but once I had spoken to Kevin Wilkin, Mickey Moore and Ian Neale it really was a no-brainer."
Perry, 26, broke into full-time football during the 2007/08 season when he joined Port Vale from Chasetown. Since then he has played at Mansfield Town, Tamworth, Lincoln and Telford in the Conference Premier.
During the 2010/11 season at Tamworth, Perry found the net seventeen times in the league, but only scored three times in twenty-four matches for Mansfield last season and once in nineteen after joining Telford on loan
He said:" I am looking forward to fighting for a place in the first eleven. I am all about the competition for places and I think I bring a lot of things to the table, lots of options with my size and strength and lots of experience. I know this level of football and have proven that I can score goals in this division.
"I am a confidence player and some managers I have played under have not been the right man managers for me. Kevin is a great manager, he has a proven track record and he is also a great man manager, which is what I need. The training sessions I have taken part in so far have been the most enjoyable I have had for a long time."
Perry knows a few of of his new team-mates from spell at previous clubs. "Jon Adams is a class player - he is brilliant on the ball. I also know Neil Collett from my time at Mansfield where we were car pool buddies!"
This season will be Perry's fourth in the top flight of non-League football, and he is confident part-time Boro will be able to compete in a division crammed with full time teams.
"It will be a difficult season, but I think we can compete, if we maintain a constant standard. You only have to look at what Southport did last season, and what the likes of Braintree Town have achieved."
Perry also revealed there has been lively conversation among the players about who will get which squad number this season.
"There was a lot of talk at Saturday's training session, where players were talking about their first choice and second choice and even third choice shirt numbers. At the end of the day, it is just a number on a T-shirt, but I am looking forward to adding a Nuneaton shirt to my collection."
Boro chairman Ian Neale welcomed the signing. He said: "Kyle adds a new dimension to the squad and will give us a number of fresh options as an out-and-out target man in a traditional centre forward style. He will also add a more physical presence to a young, developing side. With his will to win, I think he will be a fans' favourite."