Leyton Orient have signed free agent Robbie Simpson on a two month contract. Since the 28 year-old was released by Oldham at the end of last season he has been training with numerous Championship clubs including Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday. Although, primarily a striker Russell Slade has explained that Simpson is a versatile player who can also play in midfield.
Robbie Simpson began his career at Norwich City, but he was released at the age of 16. He then joined Cambridge City and soon made his first team debut. During his four seasons at the club he scored 42 goals in 113 games.
In June 2006, he joined Cambridge United. During the 2006/07 season, he scored 17 goals in 33 games and that impressive form led to interest from bigger clubs.
He made the step up to Championship level with Coventry City. In his two seasons with the Sky Blues, Simpson scored 7 goals in 71 games before Huddersfield bought him for £300,000.
His time with the Terriers was disrupted by injury. He made just 16 appearances for Huddersfield, managing one goal. He spent the entire 2010/11 season on loan with Brentford, scoring eight goals in 36 appearances for the Bees.
At the start of the following campaign, Simpson was loaned out again, this time joining Oldham. He managed six goals in 23 games and in January 2012 the move was made permanent. He went on to score another seven goals in 57 appearances before being released at the end of last season.
Off the pitch, Simpson has a degree in Sports Science and Maths from Loughborough University.
Simpson is eligible to play for his new club in the JPT against Stevenage tomorrow night. During his time at Brisbane Road he will wear the number 25 shirt.