Former Arsenal striker still club-less after rejecting Turkey move

One-time Gunner Jay Simpson is still looking for a new club after turning down his latest offer.

The story is all too familiar: wonder-kid one minute, jobless the next; and now another player can be added to the list, with former Arsenal striker Jay Simpson currently searching for a new club having been released by Hull City back in May.

This is old news with a new twist, because Simpson looked set to join Turkish side Gaziantepspor after holding talks with the club about a two-year deal. But Sky Sports has since reported that Simpson rejected the move, leaving him – for now at least – without a club.

This isn’t the way it should have been. This is after all the boy who played for Arsenal’s under-18 side when he was just 13. He was also the first player to score a hat-trick at the Emirates Stadium, in a FA Youth Cup match against Cardiff City.

And yet that was about as good as it got for the forward. Now 24, he has only broken the 10-goal barrier in one season, while on loan at QPR in 2009.

Despite his once-great promise, he only scored two senior goals for Arsenal, and now finds himself searching for a new home having spent so long on loan – football’s equivalent of sofa-surfing.

Simpson’s agent, Leon Callander, has high hopes that his client will soon be playing again.

The interest in Jay is high,” he said.

He does like the idea of playing abroad, and that is why we had the talks in Turkey, but things were not quite right.

We will be assessing the options over the coming days and see what is best for him.”

Former Everton striker James Vaughn has shown that unfulfilled early potential does not always mean the end of your career in the higher levels of the game; although many of his early struggles were down to injury.

But Simpson will hope his career is only just beginning, and it will be interesting to see where he ultimately decides to play…should the options be as plentiful as his agent suggests.

image: © mattythewhite

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