Southend United choose not to sign a free agent for the time being

Southend United have chosen not to sign Jay Simpson, according to a report from Echo News.

The free agent attacker no longer trains with the League Two team.

Simpson, who is 32, last played for New Salamina in Cyprus but was released by them at the end of last season.

He is an experienced player in the Football League and has accumulated over 350 appearances in his career to date.

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Southend boss Mark Moseley said: “He doesn’t train with us. We had Nile Ranger fit and available, but unfortunately that is not the case now. We have a few more munching on and some are 23 years old from being available again.

“We still have some really good players around us, but if we lose one or lose some form, we might see him again.”

Simpson gained his first first-team football experience on loan at Millwall from Arsenal in the 2007/08 season and impressed the Lions in League One. He was young at the time and scored eight goals for the London club.

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He then spent a stint at West Brom before switching to QPR on loan a few seasons later, this time in the league. The forward has 13 goals in 42 appearances for the Rs in all competitions.

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Hull City then signed him on a permanent basis after his time at Hoops ended and he spent three years on the books at KCOM stadium.

The Tigers were promoted to the Premier League during Simpson’s stay in East Yorkshire and he was sacked on loan at Millwall during his second campaign at the club.

He left Hull in 2013 and has since played for Buriram United in Thailand, Leyton Orient and the MLS side of Philadelphia Union.

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