Leyton Orient have signed Jay Simpson on a 3 year-deal. The 25 year-old was previously playing in Thailand for Buriram United but he was a free agent after his contract was cancelled.
Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 83 kg (13st 3lbs)
Career Apps: 232
Career Goals: 44
Born in Enfield, Simpson was on the books at Norwich City from a young age, before joining Arsenal when he was nine. He made his way through the Gunners’ youth ranks, featuring regularly for the reserves. He was also an unused substitute for Arsenal’s League Cup tie against West Brom in October 2006.
Simpson was loaned out to Millwall in League One for the entire 2007/08 campaign. His senior debut came against Huddersfield in September and he went on to make another 45 appearances for the Lions during which he scored 8 goals. He also received his first senior red card against Oldham during that campaign.
After experiencing senior football with Millwall, Simpson made his Arsenal debut against Sheffield United in the League Cup at the start of the 2008/09 season. In the following round he made his first start in an Arsenal shirt and he managed to score a brace in the 3-o win over Wigan.
In January 2009, Arsenal loaned Simpson to fellow Premier League side West Brom for the second half of the season. He played 17 games for the Baggies, scoring two goals.
In 2009/10 Simpson spent another season out on loan, this time at Championship QPR. He was a regular for the R’s, starting in 37 of his 42 games for the club. Simpson also contributed 13 goals during that campaign.
After spending over a decade at Arsenal, Simpson moved to Hull City for a fee believed to be in the region of £1 million. It took Simpson 15 games to find the net for Hull, but he managed to score both goals in a 2-o win over Bristol City in December. That was followed by another brace in his next appearance for Hull, helping the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Sheffield United on Boxing Day. In total he scored 6 goals in 34 appearances during his first season at Hull.
His second season at the KC Stadium was less successful as he managed just three games for Hull before joining Millwall on loan in September for his second spell with the club. He scored four times in 16 games in a Millwall shirt before returning to Hull in January 2012. He made just two more appearances for Hull during the 2011/12 campaign.
Simpson started the 2012/13 season well, bagging five goals in his first nine games. He made 47 appearances for Hull during that campaign, but he managed just two more goals after September and he was often used as a substitute towards the end of the season. He also started both matches against the O’s in the FA Cup that year. Hull finished second in the Championship to seal promotion to the Premier League, but Simpson was released at the end of the campaign.
Simpson was still a free agent at the start of last season, but in September 2013 he moved to Thailand to join Premier League side Buriram United. He signed a two-year contract on a salary believed to be £40,000 a month, making him the highest paid player in the history of the Thai Premier League. He scored two goals in 22 games in a Buriram side that lifted the Kor Royal Cup. Simpson is thought to have request the termination of his contract in order to return to England.
Once highly rated by the coaching staff at Arsenal, Simpson is in need of a fresh start to revitalise his career and he has chosen Brisbane Road as his destination. Simpson is a versatile addition to the squad, during his career he has played as a striker as well as on either flank.
He becomes Russell Slade’s six signing of the summer as the O’s boss builds his squad in preparation for a promotion push.