But now the player is here with both boots under the table - there's no thought in his mind of a move anywhere - not least to Wigan from whence he came in July last year.
Perch was recently rumoured with a link to the Latics, but has brushed it aside just as he hopes to do Bristol City wingers this evening.
"I think it was pure paper talk," he said.
"The fact it came about was because obviously I know Gary Caldwell the Wigan manager who I played with up there, so I think people just put two and two together and came up with five.
"It definitely wasn’t true and never close to happening.
I wasn’t interested in going back up north. I’ve got family down here in London now and I’m settled. The thought of moving now did not even enter my mind."
The 31-year-old instantly regained his spot against Reading on Saturday after suffering a bad knee injury in the 6-0 drubbing by Newcastle a month ago.
The 1-1 draw was a repeat of last season against Royals at Loftus Road, and Perch is worried four all-squares so far could leave Rs marooned in mid-table for the second season running.
Last season, QPR posted a club record draws in league games.
He added: "All we can do is keep going. We have another game Tuesday and that is the beauty of the Championship.
"You can always put a result like this to bed by winning on the following game.