Arsenal’s first Emirates hat-trick scorer finally finds a new club … for £40k-a-week in Thailand!

Jay Simpson

Jay Simpson has finally found a new club ... Buriram United 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 in the summer, and has so far not managed to agree a new deal elsewhere. He had a chance to join Turkish side Gaziantepspor earlier this month - but rejected the deal.

He has instead reportedly signed a deal with Thai club Buriram United.

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The Thai side, who won the Premier League last term, have signed him on a record breaking £40k-a-week deal - making him Thailand’s all-time highest paid player in the year.

He has signed a two-year contract with The Thunder Castles under the tutelage of former Real Madrid assistant Alejandro Menendez.

And he will hope to reignite his career in an unlikely location.

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