Pearce left Leeds in the winter transfer window to sign with Wigan, only to see his new side suffer relegation from the Championship into League One.
Perhaps now the reality of that move may be hitting home, with pre-season beginning and a new challenge of trying to achieve promotion now upon Wigan, but the centre-back says he felt he made the right decision to leave the Yorkshire club, on a personal level.
He said: "At Leeds I really enjoyed myself. It’s a massive, massive club that so many players would dream of playing for. The move was about me and my own football career. At the time I wasn’t really playing, for whatever reason.
"Wigan came in, and even though they were involved in the relegation battle and odds on to go down, I still felt like it was the right move for my career, getting back out on the pitch. “I’ve no regrets whatsoever about the move.
"Wigan is a really well-run club, with some great people involved in it. I think we’ve got a bright future ahead of us and that’s something that I hope I can be a part of."
Pearce began last season as Leeds captain, but by time mid-season came around he had dropped down to third choice behind Giuseppe Bellusci, Liam Cooper, and loanee Sol Bamba.
Seeing the writing on the wall, the centre-back made the decision to go and get playing time, and Wigan gave him that. Had he not left in January, a summer departure would surely have been inevitable in any case.
More first team starts lie ahead, but the task of winning promotion from League One is not going to be easy at Uwe Rosler's former side.