San Jose Earthquakes sign Simon Dawkins from Derby County

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The 28-year-old winger previously spent two seasons on loan at San Jose from boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur between 2011 and 2012.

They say you should never go back in football, but Simon Dawkins obviously didn’t get the message.

The 28-year-old winger has re-joined the San Jose Earthquakes from Derby County on a Designated Player deal, having previously spent two seasons on loan at the MLS club between 2011 and 2012 while on Tottenham Hotspur’s books.

Speaking to the Earthquakes’ official website about Dawkins’ return, general manager John Doyle said: “We’re delighted to welcome Simon back to San Jose. He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally.

“Simon is also proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack.”

Dawkins originally joined the Earthquakes from boyhood club Tottenham in March 2011 on a season-long loan, which was later extended for another campaign, and went on to record 14 goals and three assists in 55 MLS appearances during his time in the States, while also helping the club win the 2012 Supporters’ Shield title as the team with the best regular season record.

The Jamaica international eventually moved back to England in January 2013 to join Aston Villa on loan for the second half of the 2012-13 Premier League campaign but featured just four times for the claret and blues before returning to Spurs.

Later joining Derby on a permanent basis in January 2014 following an initial loan spell, the pacey attacker made 73 total appearances for the Rams, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists, but had earned just one League Cup run-out this term after falling out of favour under new boss Paul Clement.

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