Simpson is urged to make his mind up
Canaries target Robbie Simpson has been told to make up his mind over his future. The Cambridge striker is interesting a clutch of Championship clubs, with Coventry having already tabled a bid.
Canaries target Robbie Simpson has been told to make up his mind over his future.
The Cambridge striker is interesting a clutch of Championship clubs, with Coventry having already tabled a bid. But the 22-year-old is also considering the offer of a two-year contract at the Abbey Stadium, which would make him the club's highest paid player.
Us boss Jimmy Quinn, however, is running out of patience, saying it is fast coming to the time when Simpson has to make a decision.
"Robbie is still contemplating what to do, but I need to know as soon as possible," said Quinn. "Hopefully he'll decide to stay. If he doesn't we'll have to make sure we've got the right sort of player in to replace him."
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Simpson is likely to want to wait until next month, when he sits his final exams at Loughborough University, before making a decision, but Quinn is eager to put his team building plans into action.
"I won't be hanging about too long," he said. "There are players out there who want to join us and I need to know sooner rather than later if people don't want to stay with us. I hope they'll want to stay, but I want players who want to play for the club. If they hold out for better deals elsewhere, good luck to them. The squad is slowly coming together and I hope by the time I go on holiday on June 7, I've got the majority of the squad in place."
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That leaves the door ajar for Simpson, who was rejected by the Canaries as a youngster.
Having scored 17 goals to help Cambridge maintain their Conference status last season, Simpson has attracted interest from a number of clubs, with Ipswich, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday also sniffing around.
He cannot leave on a free transfer because he is under 24 - so if no fee can be agreed his value may have to be determined by a tribunal.
Simpson's form has also earned him a standby call for the England National Game XI squad for their clash with Finland under-21s next month - compensation for his withdrawal from last week's Four Nations tournament in Scotland due to his exams.