ORIENT have today (Monday) signed Robbie Simpson on a two-month contract after the 28-year-old was without a club.
The versatile forward left Oldham at the end of last season and having trained with a number of Championship clubs over the summer, will now link up with Russell Slade’s side and is eligible to play in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tomorrow at Stevenage.
Simpson made his name at Cambridge United where he scored 17 goals in the 2006-07 season before leaving to join Coventry City, then of the Championship, where he spent two years before Huddersfield paid for £300,000 for his services. Loan spells at Brentford and Oldham Athletic followed before he made the permanent switch to Boundary Park at the start of last season.
Orient manager Russell Slade believes that Simpson can be very a useful acquisition. “Robbie could prove to be a really handy signing for us. We know we have a small squad so need players that are versatile and he can play up front or in midfield plus he’s a great character to join the group too,” said Slade.
“We need to find out where he is in terms of his fitness as he’s been at a few clubs over the summer but not had a full pre-season but we’ll soon get him up to speed.”
Simpson will wear the number 25 shirt whilst at the O’s and we have an interview with the new man below.