Former Arsenal talent Jay Simpson back in UK after Thai adventure

Jay Simpson

Jay Simpson looks set for a reported move to Leyton Orient after ending his stay in Thailand.

Jay Simpson was a youth team protégé at Arsenal from the age of nine and was highly rated as one of the best talents in the youth ranks.

He can also claim to be part of Arsenal folklore. Simpson was in fact the first ever person to score a hat-trick at The Emirates stadium when he bagged all three goals in a 3-2 win over Cardiff City in the FA Youth Cup in 2007.

After a loan spell with Millwall in 2007-08, which saw him gain widespread praise, he returned to Arsenal with Arsene Wenger proclaiming his belief in his future at the club. He showed flashes of that brilliance in the League Cup. He grabbed a brace for the club against Wigan Athletic in 2008.

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But he never broke into the first-team and after stints on loan at West Brom and QPR he joined Hull City in 2010.

But the England youth international never really made an impact at the KC Stadium. The forward managed just 13 goals in 85 games for the club and spent the 2011-12 season out of favour. Little did he know when he limped out of the game with Cardiff City on the final day of the 2012-13 season that would be his last contribution as a Hull City player.

He was released that summer and after months of searching for a new club he found one in a rather odd destination - Thailand.

Simpson signed on at Buriram United on a record breaking £40k-a-week with high hopes of making himself a household name in the country.

But now, less than a year later, it is reported that Simpson is on the verge of joining Leyton Orient after ending his contract with The Thunder Castles by mutual consent.

It was confirmed earlier this month that Simpson and the club had agreed on a termination - as Simpson wanted an England return. This was confirmed by the club's coach Alexandre Gama:

"Simpson, he has asked us to cancel his contract so he can return to England" Brazilian trainer. We were ready to continue with him. He could help the team. But now we have only five foreign players, but he chose to come back over. We respect the decision of the player."

It ended a largely disappointing spell in the Far East for Simpson. He scored just one goal for the club and failed to establish himself.

Now it looks like he will call Brisbane Road his home. Orient fans will hope it is the young starlet with a thirst for goals they are signing, not the one who struggled to find the net in Thailand.

Can Simpson make an impact back in England?

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