Robbie Simpson signs two-year deal with the U's
CAMBRIDGE United have signed Robbie Simpson on a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old striker has signed a two-year contract with the U's after spending last season with Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League One.
Simpson returns to United after departing the Abbey at the end of the 2006/07 season, which saw him join Coventry City after finding the net 17 times in 32 appearances for the U's.
Robbie spent two seasons with the Sky Blues, before signing for Huddersfield Town in June 2009. While at Huddersfield, the front-man had loan spells with both Brentford and Oldham Athletic before signing permanently for Oldham in January 2012.
Simpson spent last season initially on loan at Leyton Orient, before signing permanently at Brisbane Road until the end of the season.
Commenting on his return to the R Costings Abbey Stadium, Simpson said: "I've always known I wanted to come back, it was just a matter of timing. After coming to a number of games last season, watching the team grow and seeing what a fantastic job that Jez (George, Director of Football) and Richard Money (Head Coach), have done in creating something really special, it was something I wanted to be part of."
U's Director of Football, Jez George, said: "Robbie needs no introduction to our supporters. I always knew that he wanted to come back to Cambridge United at some point before the end of his career and it was more a matter of making sure the timing was right. Robbie came to both our finals at Wembley last season and we first spoke properly about the possibility of signing him after Leyton Orient had lost their play-off final. Obviously the fact that we had gained promotion was the catalyst for our discussions.
"I know that he had better financial offers elsewhere and I know that he had the chance to sign for League One clubs. However, I also knew that we were in a unique position compared to any other club which meant we just had to convince him that our ambition matched his and that he could play a big part in bringing future success to Cambridge United.
"Obviously, I've spoken to him frequently but most importantly Robbie also liked what Richard (Money, Head Coach) had to say when he met with him last week and things moved on quickly from there. We are delighted that Robbie has shown his belief in what we are trying to achieve by committing himself so early in the summer and we couldn't have started the process of improving and strengthening the squad with a better first signing."
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