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Simpson's Huddersfield Move Finally Confirmed
Thursday, 1st Sep 2022 12:37

Striker Tyreece Simpson’s protracted move to Championship Huddersfield Town has finally been confirmed, the 20-year-old having signed a four-year contract.

Over the weekend, the Terriers inadvertently posted a video of an in-house post-signing interview with the striker on YouTube before removing it.

Subsequently there were reports of a late West Brom approach, however, we understand the Baggies interest came little while ago rather than closer to today's deadline.

Huddersfield head of operations Leigh Bromby told his club’s official site: “We’re very happy to welcome Tyreece to Huddersfield Town. He’s a player we’ve admired and followed for a long time, so it’s great to get this deal over the line.

“We’ve had to negotiate hard to finalise this deal amid interest from several other clubs, which is unsurprising — it’s not often a player of his ability and promise enters the final year of a contract.

""“We want to give [manager] Danny [Schofield] as many different options as we can — that’s more important than ever since the increase in the number of players that can be used in each game.

“Tyreece’s profile as a player is different to the other strikers we have in the First Team squad, so he adds another string to our bow.

""“There’s much more to come from Tyreece too, and we believe our coaching and physical programmes will bring that out of him. The character references we’ve received, combined with what he had to say in our meetings, all indicate he will throw himself into that challenge.

“He is currently recovering from [what TWTD understands to be a knee] injury, so we will have to be patient until that process is complete — we expect that to be around the World Cup break. He’s a player we believe can make an impact over the short and long term here, and we know he will be worth the wait.”""

Schofield added: “I’m really looking forward to beginning our work on the training pitch with Tyreece as he’s an exciting player, as everyone saw through his loan spell with Swindon Town last season.

“His understanding of the game — the timing of his runs in behind in particular — is impressive for a player of his age, and his physical abilities allowed him to dominate games in Sky Bet League Two whilst still a teenager.

“Whilst we believe he can already impact Championship games when he’s completed his rehabilitation from injury, there’s also clear space for Tyreece to continue to improve. That makes him all the more exciting.”

TWTD reported a fortnight ago that Simpson was set to join the Terriers with discussions between the clubs having been ongoing for some weeks.

Towards the end of last season, Simpson, who scored 11 goals during a successful loan spell at Swindon in the first half of 2021/22, told the Blues he wanted to move on this summer having turned down the offer of a new contract in January.

In May, Town took up a one-year option on his previous deal in order to secure a fee which was likely to be higher than the training compensation they would otherwise have received.

Luton, Peterborough, Middlesbrough and Barnsley all showed interest during the close season and Town turned down a number of offers for the academy product with clubs not matching their asking price which was understood to be £600,000.

It’s understood the Blues will receive a fee of £500,000 paid over a number of seasons plus top-ups potentially taking the move into seven figures and with the deal including a sell-on clause.

Simpson made two senior starts and five sub appearances for the Blues without scoring. This season, the frontman hasn't featured for Town at any level.

Stowmarket-based Simpson joined the Town academy as a scholar in the summer of 2018 after a trial having also spent time with Manchester City.

The striker was also a talented schoolboy rugby player - he was part of the Norfolk-based Langley School side that won the U18 Schools Vase at Twickenham in 2018 - and came close to signing for the Leicester Tigers academy prior to his recruitment by the Blues’ youth set-up.

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Barty added 12:41 - Sep 1
I am glad that this long running saga / fiasco is finally over and I wish the lad well. Sell on clause is good news.

Saxonblue74 added 12:43 - Sep 1
Thank god for that! I think I've still got flags and bunting from the Jubilee celebrations!

Dab added 12:44 - Sep 1
So we got 500k for Simpson and paid out 600k for Harness!
Brilliant business :-)

brendenward35 added 12:49 - Sep 1
Think this was one of the players which Ashton mentioned the club were not going to get dictated by Agents or players. I'm glad Town held out I'm pretty sure Ashton has made sure Town get a sizeable deal if Simpson is sold on or various other things. Just glad this is all sorted no point in having a player in the club who wants out

tivo added 12:51 - Sep 1
Apparently it was delayed because they couldn't get his head through the door on the way out.

Nomore4 added 12:53 - Sep 1
Dab. The Harness transfer would have been a lot higher.
Giving Pompey Piggot on loan smoothed the deal.

PortmanTerrorist added 12:53 - Sep 1
Still suspect it was convenient to make an example of the lad, but glad this is done, that we have set our stall out for future discussion with Agents, and that we can now get someone else in who can contribute immediately this season and is not injured until at least the World Cup !

ringwoodblue added 12:55 - Sep 1
I'm glad all parties have got what they wanted.

Personally I think he has made this move to the Championship too early with not even any Lg1 experience. Time will tell.

jas0999 added 12:57 - Sep 1
Good luck to the lad.

poeticblue added 12:59 - Sep 1
So farewell, Tyreece.

Was he one of our own? Anyway, he's now moved on to a new home. But perhaps only briefly before moving out on loan. Don't groan. He's not alone. This happens aplenty. Especially with players under twenty. And half a mill's good going for a player whose reputation was shrinking not growing.

dyersdream added 13:00 - Sep 1
Probably never play a league game for them

IpswichToon added 13:11 - Sep 1
ringwoodblue, what you say is true and makes sense. But just look at Liam Gibbs at Norwich. He barely had any professional experience behind him at all, and now he's playing in the heart of a team who will in all likelihood make a return to the Premier League next season.

Bazza8564 added 13:11 - Sep 1
Long drawn out and an absolute A*** as an agent, we are wll rid of this soap opera. Shame the lad's reputation has been tarnished by greed of an agent

dirtydingusmagee added 13:21 - Sep 1
wise move or not ? time will tell , good luck to him, for whatever reason he was not going to fit in at Town, so the sooner the issue was resolved the better.

Ipswichbusiness added 13:25 - Sep 1
I fear that he is making a career mistake as he would have developed very well if he had knuckled down under KMc, but I bear him no grudge. Good luck Tyreece for your future.

Juggsy added 13:31 - Sep 1
Good luck to him, hope he can live up to his own hype - nice little sell on if he does.

DMDC added 14:07 - Sep 1
Glad it's settled. Think his agent has a lot to answer for. Greedy bar steward

WhoisJimmyJuan added 14:09 - Sep 1
Well, if he does go on to be the next Emile Heskey or whatever, he won't go on my "one that got away" list of home grown talent that left us and did better elsewhere. He clearly never wanted to be here and the club did their best to get a good deal. As for the agent, he has probably done his own reputation no good at all. Clearly led the lad astray and Ashton is well connected enough to be able to warn others about this parasite.

markchips added 14:21 - Sep 1
I am not privy to the ins and outs but this clearly demonstrates that Ashton is not for turning. I don't like young players with promise moving on without getting a fair chance.

However all the signs here are that the agent has a lot to answer for and Simpson is far too young to be expected to challenge their recommendaions.


Churchman added 14:27 - Sep 1
I'm all for players getting a fair chance, obviously. But it needs to be because they've earned it, not on their say so or their agent's.

Radlett_blue added 15:09 - Sep 1
I haven't liked Leigh Bromby after he wasted most of the second half by trundling up from right back to take every throw-in against us when Watford won 2-1 at Portman road in February 2008.

trncbluearmy added 15:57 - Sep 1
£500k plus add on`s is a cracking deal for a completely unproven player at 1st div level let alone championship

seen him play a few times as well for yoofs, not overly impressed

Bluefish11 added 16:00 - Sep 1
I've a strong suspicion he will be playing in Div 1 with Huddersfield anyway next season and we will be in the Champioship, he can thank his agent for that too!

churchmans added 16:42 - Sep 1
No need for knocking Simpson because he refused to stay! He a hell of a prospect! And one to watch trust me

oldelsworthyfan added 17:11 - Sep 1
How ever he does in the future, it does not alter the fact that he did not want to be here.
Move on.

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