The 22-year-old midfielder suffered a bad knee injury during the club’s pre-season schedule and has only just returned to action in the side’s under-21 setup.
Simpson has stressed everyone at the club is delighted to have him back and has revealed he’s created a number of positive knock on effects for first team boss Steve McClaren.
“It is like getting a new player. I think it has given the rest of the group a boost seeing somebody like George coming back into it because it was such bad luck for him to get injured in pre-season,” said Simpson.
“If we can get him back to the levels he was at last season, he will be a great boost for us.”
The temptation for McClaren will be to get him back into the first team setup as quickly as possible.
That would give the player a positive mental boost and also provide the manager with another good squad option, as the Rams go about trying to get promoted into the Premier League.
However, the risk is that any premature return to the first team could cause a reaction in his knee, a new injury and that would set him back.
There is plenty of time left in the season and Derby don’t need to rush him back.
They can utilise their under-21 setup as well as letting him train as hard as is sensible to get him back to the levels of fitness Simpson talks about.
It will then be over to the player to get stuck in and prove how important he is to the team.