Luke Simpson confirms Watford arrival on Twitter

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Watford have signed young goalkeeper Luke Simpson after a trial period.

Taking to his personal Twitter account, Luke Simpson has confirmed he has agreed a deal with Premier League side Watford.

The goalkeeper, 21, arrives on a free transfer after spending some weeks trailing with the Hornets, and appearing for their Under-21 side.

Formerly of Accrington Stanley, Simpson started his career with Oldham, although he never played for his first-team. He switched to League Two side Stanley in the summer of 2014, appearing nine times for them, and conceding 10 goals, before having his contract ended in ni January 2015.

He has been out of contract since then, and now links up with Watford to provide cover in the first-team for Heurelho Gomes and Giedrius Arlauskis.

Third choice stopper Rene Gilmartin is out of a number of months through injury, meaning youth stopper Nathan Gartside has had to travel with the first-team on matchdays. He has not been risked at Under-21 level because of potential injury, and this lack of consistent football could risk his development.

Simpson arrives to become third choice keeper, and allow Gartside to return to the Under-21 system.

There are no indications as to how long a deal Simpson has agreed at Vicarage Road.

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