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Looks like Simpson is leaving then 14:47 - Apr 21 with 5463 viewstractordownsouth

At least 2 strikers must be incoming.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:02 - Apr 21 with 1013 viewsPhilTWTD

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 16:42 - Apr 21 by itfcjoe

A real shame and feels as though he's being badly advised, although he might well point to the fact there isn't a great pathway for him here as we'll play one up front and have at least 3 senior (and no doubt expensively contracted) players for his position next season

He's not ina particularly strong position to negotiate an exit from as we have an option, and compo due even after that so that's where the badly advised comes from.

Anyway, good luck to him - we move on


Indeed. I think there's also an element of him being perceived as a young fringe player by Town and a first-teamer by him and his people following the spell at Swindon (perhaps some similarities with Kieffer Moore after his spell at Rotherham).

From what I gather the contract on offer is more in the former realm than the latter and I assume his representatives believe they can get him more elsewhere and, as you say, that he'll have a clearer pathway to becoming a regular.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:03 - Apr 21 with 1000 viewsLeoMuff

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 16:33 - Apr 21 by J2BLUE

Let's see where he ends up. He may well be expecting to go back to league two and be a first team player. Everyone is criticising him for something he hasn't done yet.

If he just wants to play then good luck to him. If he hadn't been very good for the last few years and we were releasing him how much sympathy would the fans have? It's a two way street.


Not a snowflakes chance in hell he ends up in league 2. Will be at worst a top league 1 but most likely Championship, think Hull , Cardiff and Barnsley were mentioned.

If he wanted to play regularly in league 1 or 2 he could go out on loan from us and get paid more at the same time, makes no sense.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:05 - Apr 21 with 980 viewsMarshalls_Mullet

Fair enough if he wants to leave, but not training with the club? That really does raise question marks about his character.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:11 - Apr 21 with 964 viewsjayessess

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:02 - Apr 21 by PhilTWTD

Indeed. I think there's also an element of him being perceived as a young fringe player by Town and a first-teamer by him and his people following the spell at Swindon (perhaps some similarities with Kieffer Moore after his spell at Rotherham).

From what I gather the contract on offer is more in the former realm than the latter and I assume his representatives believe they can get him more elsewhere and, as you say, that he'll have a clearer pathway to becoming a regular.


Hard to see that materialising, you would've thought? Unless our offer is very low, it's unclear who'd be rich enough to pay fee and wages, but would also entertain someone of Simpson's profile being a first team regular in the near future.

Unless they've got a specific club lined up who want to go all in with Simpson, then you wonder if they might find some of their "interest" is ultimately a bit weak...
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:31 - Apr 21 with 911 viewsJimmy86

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 16:42 - Apr 21 by itfcjoe

A real shame and feels as though he's being badly advised, although he might well point to the fact there isn't a great pathway for him here as we'll play one up front and have at least 3 senior (and no doubt expensively contracted) players for his position next season

He's not ina particularly strong position to negotiate an exit from as we have an option, and compo due even after that so that's where the badly advised comes from.

Anyway, good luck to him - we move on


What has he done in an ipswich shirt to prove he deserves a pathway?! He's demanding this and that off the back of a decent loan spell with a team a league below us..

With these academy boys I believe if they're truly good enough they'll get their chance... we have to be real though and say under game changer the bar has well and truly been raised regarding the caliber of players we are targeting..
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:34 - Apr 21 with 910 viewsPhilTWTD

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:11 - Apr 21 by jayessess

Hard to see that materialising, you would've thought? Unless our offer is very low, it's unclear who'd be rich enough to pay fee and wages, but would also entertain someone of Simpson's profile being a first team regular in the near future.

Unless they've got a specific club lined up who want to go all in with Simpson, then you wonder if they might find some of their "interest" is ultimately a bit weak...
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I'm sure someone will see him as an opportunity to sign, develop and sell on. As I say, I don't think our offer is one which is viewed as at the level he and his people see him as being at. It's pretty much the same situation as with Liam Gibbs last summer.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:34 - Apr 21 with 903 viewsITFCBlues

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 16:42 - Apr 21 by itfcjoe

A real shame and feels as though he's being badly advised, although he might well point to the fact there isn't a great pathway for him here as we'll play one up front and have at least 3 senior (and no doubt expensively contracted) players for his position next season

He's not ina particularly strong position to negotiate an exit from as we have an option, and compo due even after that so that's where the badly advised comes from.

Anyway, good luck to him - we move on


What's your views on the academy situation here then Joe? Thinking about Dyers comments as well. Taking a back burner? Used more as a trading tool as such?

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 18:04 - Apr 21 with 857 viewsThe_Flashing_Smile

Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 16:22 - Apr 21 by N2_Blue

Who's angry.

Just saying what i think of Simpson, but not angry at all. Don't think Town will will worry about it or regret what happens with him, but i have a feeling Simpson may well do one day.

We'll do far better and get proven strikers, but he may well have been useful to have on the books and as back up. His loss more than ours, just disappointed and surprised in his attitude from someone who was meant to be grounded.
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"Simpson can fk off, Comes across as a knob and i was a real fan of his.
Attitudes like this feck me off, bin him off now. I cannot wish him luck and genuinely hope he regrets this decision big time in a few years."

- sounds like the words of someone angry. Or even a jilted lover!

Playing devil's advocate, we don't know the full story, or even very much of the story, and there could be all manner of reasons we don't know about.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 18:09 - Apr 21 with 846 viewsN2_Blue

Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 18:04 - Apr 21 by The_Flashing_Smile

"Simpson can fk off, Comes across as a knob and i was a real fan of his.
Attitudes like this feck me off, bin him off now. I cannot wish him luck and genuinely hope he regrets this decision big time in a few years."

- sounds like the words of someone angry. Or even a jilted lover!

Playing devil's advocate, we don't know the full story, or even very much of the story, and there could be all manner of reasons we don't know about.


Annoyed maybe but definitely not angry.

His attitude stinks and we're better off without players with that mentality anyway.

He's had very little time at Town since Mckenna has walked in the door, nearly every town player has spoken highly of the manager and yet he wants out. See ya then

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 18:16 - Apr 21 with 824 viewsThe_Flashing_Smile

Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 18:09 - Apr 21 by N2_Blue

Annoyed maybe but definitely not angry.

His attitude stinks and we're better off without players with that mentality anyway.

He's had very little time at Town since Mckenna has walked in the door, nearly every town player has spoken highly of the manager and yet he wants out. See ya then


Is there a story I've missed perhaps?

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 18:47 - Apr 21 with 789 viewswkj

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:34 - Apr 21 by ITFCBlues

What's your views on the academy situation here then Joe? Thinking about Dyers comments as well. Taking a back burner? Used more as a trading tool as such?


I know this wasn't aimed at me, but without going all MakinFiles, I have questioned the validity of having the academy for a while. Whilst we have had players who joined the senior team and got a bit of scratch for moving on, it feels like we get no real ROI on what it costs to run it.

IMHO, when you're in the lower leagues, what you want is for a Madison to come along every so often and fill the coffers, very few players ever seem to end up playing regularly for their senior team for the long term.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:52 - Apr 21 with 731 viewsHipsterectomy

There is no way we will use the option. It would go against everything Ashton has said about wanting people here who want to be here

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:55 - Apr 21 with 726 viewsLeoMuff

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:52 - Apr 21 by Hipsterectomy

There is no way we will use the option. It would go against everything Ashton has said about wanting people here who want to be here


We will, then we will sell him.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:55 - Apr 21 with 727 viewsParky

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:52 - Apr 21 by Hipsterectomy

There is no way we will use the option. It would go against everything Ashton has said about wanting people here who want to be here


I would and then not let him be anywhere near the first team, put him on the bench for the U23’s all season and then get some money through compensation.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:01 - Apr 21 with 708 viewsDarth_Koont

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:55 - Apr 21 by Parky

I would and then not let him be anywhere near the first team, put him on the bench for the U23’s all season and then get some money through compensation.
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To be fair, escalating like that would sort of prove the point that the player’s and the club’s interests aren’t the same.

Simpson is within the organisation and has relationships/discussions on a daily basis. It may well be him not listening at all but that’s academic. If it’s not going to work out then better to ease his way out.

Playing hardball with a young player doesn’t look good. Especially to the young players still here and who know that their professional future is in the balance anyway.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:02 - Apr 21 with 701 viewsjayessess

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 18:47 - Apr 21 by wkj

I know this wasn't aimed at me, but without going all MakinFiles, I have questioned the validity of having the academy for a while. Whilst we have had players who joined the senior team and got a bit of scratch for moving on, it feels like we get no real ROI on what it costs to run it.

IMHO, when you're in the lower leagues, what you want is for a Madison to come along every so often and fill the coffers, very few players ever seem to end up playing regularly for their senior team for the long term.
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To be fair if the club's first team is good enough to get into and stay in the Championship then Downes is that player. But because we're stuck in L1, he'll be that player for Swansea instead.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 20:18 - Apr 21 with 659 viewsLeoMuff

Looks like Simpson is leaving then (n/t) on 18:09 - Apr 21 by N2_Blue

Annoyed maybe but definitely not angry.

His attitude stinks and we're better off without players with that mentality anyway.

He's had very little time at Town since Mckenna has walked in the door, nearly every town player has spoken highly of the manager and yet he wants out. See ya then


The whole saga doesn’t make much sense, if it’s money then we must be offering as good as anything he could reasonably expect for clubs in lg 1 or 2. If he is expecting championship interest then firstly it may not actually materialise, which leave him stuck or secondly could leave his career stagnant ala kundai Benyu in the lower Icelandic leagues.

If he showed anything like the potential skills to score goals in the first team, surely we would be offering a very decent deal, and would a champ side be offering that much more for a 19 year old who’s played 20 first team games.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:19 - Apr 21 with 660 viewsSwansea_Blue

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 17:02 - Apr 21 by PhilTWTD

Indeed. I think there's also an element of him being perceived as a young fringe player by Town and a first-teamer by him and his people following the spell at Swindon (perhaps some similarities with Kieffer Moore after his spell at Rotherham).

From what I gather the contract on offer is more in the former realm than the latter and I assume his representatives believe they can get him more elsewhere and, as you say, that he'll have a clearer pathway to becoming a regular.


We’d be nuts to give in to demands for a contract reflecting a first team regular. He had a good loan at Swindon, but he’s only just started his journey. The only thing I find strange is why we cut his loan short - that hasn’t benefited anyone.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:31 - Apr 21 with 631 viewsPhilTWTD

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:19 - Apr 21 by Swansea_Blue

We’d be nuts to give in to demands for a contract reflecting a first team regular. He had a good loan at Swindon, but he’s only just started his journey. The only thing I find strange is why we cut his loan short - that hasn’t benefited anyone.


I doubt he was anticipating the same money as Norwood, for example, but a bit more in line with a first-teamer than he was offered.

I think the idea was to focus his mind, get the contract signed and let him go back but the negotiation doesn't seem to have come to much.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:36 - Apr 21 with 619 viewsParky

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:01 - Apr 21 by Darth_Koont

To be fair, escalating like that would sort of prove the point that the player’s and the club’s interests aren’t the same.

Simpson is within the organisation and has relationships/discussions on a daily basis. It may well be him not listening at all but that’s academic. If it’s not going to work out then better to ease his way out.

Playing hardball with a young player doesn’t look good. Especially to the young players still here and who know that their professional future is in the balance anyway.


Would it though? Flip side to that is that it would show youngsters to actually respect clubs that gave them an opportunity in the first place and that if they sign a contract, it’s up to the club whether they want to terminate that early.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:54 - Apr 21 with 586 viewsDarth_Koont

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:36 - Apr 21 by Parky

Would it though? Flip side to that is that it would show youngsters to actually respect clubs that gave them an opportunity in the first place and that if they sign a contract, it’s up to the club whether they want to terminate that early.


Maybe.

Would be interesting to see the benefits of knuckling down and following team orders vs. standing up for yourself. If you apply that to a normal business then the latter frequently has the better risk/reward.

I suppose it all comes down to the player’s talent and ultimate ceiling. It wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t want to cave in to Simpson’s demands purely because they don’t fully believe he’ll help them get to and stay where they want to be — in the upper reaches of the Championship within a couple of years, maybe even in the Prem in 3 years.

We’ve got to put that ambition on it rather than whether Simpson can be a decent squad player in League One. It’s one of the things people misunderstood about the Rhodes sale. It wasn’t whether he’d be a good Championship player but whether he’d help us get into the Premier the next season and help us when we were there. That was the only context we we were working with. And even as a developed player for other teams that question was largely answered in the negative.

We’re in a similar situation now that we need to be moving forward and up the leagues fairly swiftly. Young potential like Simpson is going to be judged on those terms.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:57 - Apr 21 with 577 viewsPhilTWTD

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 19:55 - Apr 21 by LeoMuff

We will, then we will sell him.


Indeed, we'll get more money for him having taken the option.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 20:59 - Apr 21 with 572 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 15:50 - Apr 21 by clive_baker

Feck him.

Trigger his contract extension and flog him to the highest bidder.
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I think this is the likely outcome but let's not forget we were doing the same with Jackson (albeit in different circumstances) this time last year. Who knows? Simpson may still change his mind and have a future here. Does sound like a young man getting some very questionable advice at the moment.

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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 21:21 - Apr 21 with 529 viewsRadlett_blue

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 15:31 - Apr 21 by jayessess

Bit of a peculiar episode all round really. Realistically, there's only 2 likely destinations - the U23s of a similar sized club or the first team of a smaller one. Difficult to see how either advances his career (or that he's going to get much of a wage bump after a fee has been paid).

Maybe he's just desperate for a change of scenery?
Either way, not ideal to lose young players like this two Summers in a row. Wonder how competitive our academy wage structure is...


Not necessarily. A 1st or 2nd tier club might think Simpson has potential, sign him for not very much, offer him a better contract than town & then loan him out to a 3rd or 4th tier club. I can see why Simpson & his agent see that as a better option than him hanging around at the fringes at Town or else loaned out again.
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Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 21:28 - Apr 21 with 512 viewsLeoMuff

Looks like Simpson is leaving then on 21:21 - Apr 21 by Radlett_blue

Not necessarily. A 1st or 2nd tier club might think Simpson has potential, sign him for not very much, offer him a better contract than town & then loan him out to a 3rd or 4th tier club. I can see why Simpson & his agent see that as a better option than him hanging around at the fringes at Town or else loaned out again.


Are they really going to offer a 19 yo with 20 first team games in lg2 much more than we have offered ? Seems unlikely unless it’s from the prem then you could understand
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