Simpson To Make MLS Move

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Leyton Orient have announced that Jay Simpson will make the move to MLS side Philadelphia Union subject to receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa. Details of the transfer are undisclosed.

 

 

The 28-year-old’s Orient contract was set to expire in June and the club had recently revealed that he had asked to leave the club. Since then, Andy Edwards has not been selecting the striker as part of his match day squad. Simpson’s last appearance in an O’s shirt was against Wycombe in December, a week after he scored the winner against Accrington Stanley.

Simpson’s last appearance in an O’s shirt was against Wycombe in December, a week after he scored the winner against Accrington Stanley.

Jay joined the O’s in July 2014 on a free transfer after a spell in Thailand with Buriram United. Simpson went 13 appearances for the O’s before scoring his first goals for the club, he bagged a brace in a Football League Trophy win over Dagenham & Redbridge. In his first season, he recorded a total of 8 goals in 34 appearances.

Simpson was prolific last term, bagging 25 goals in 48 appearances, becoming the first Orient striker to score 20 league goals in a season since Peter Kitchen in 1977/78. He also received the League Two Player of the Month Award for November 2015. However, Jay found goals harder to come by in the latter stages of last season. He scored 22 goals before the end of January, but just three after that, two of which came in the victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.

As a result, he was voted Total Orient Player of the Season for 2015/16.

It appeared as if Simpson would leave the club last summer as it appeared as if Southend United would secure a transfer for the striker. Therefore, he was unavailable for the first few games of this season.

Simpson’s move to Roots Hall didn’t materialise and so he was brought back into the team, however, he did not manage to hit the heights of last term.  He did not find the net until mid-November when he scored a brace against Colchester, which included a stunning, long-range strike. His only other goal in his 17 appearances this season came against Accrington last month.

Overall, Simpson managed 36 goals in 99 appearances for Orient.

 

Jay’s departure presumably frees up some of the wage budget, however, it remains to be seen whether it will allow Andy Edwards to recruit players during the transfer window.

Edwards currently has Ollie Palmer, Paul McCallum and Jordan Bowery among his striking options, while youngsters Sam Dalby, Tristan Abrahams and Victor Adeboyejo are also likely to be called upon more regularly.

 

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