Comebacks are rarely successful in football, but for Jay Simpson and Leyton Orient, all parties will be hoping for success.
After being released by MLS side the Philadelphia Union at the end of last year, Simpson returned to the club where he enjoyed his most success at, Leyton Orient, and the striker is already proving to be a helpful option for the O’s in their quest for promotion back to the Football League.
Simpson has already scored once since re-joining the club in February, a 47th minute strike away to Barrow AFC in a 3-2 win, and heading into the business end of the season with Justin Edinburgh’s side still top of the National League table, the former Arsenal academy product is a quality option to have in any non-league team.
A player O’s fans know well, Simpson’s past term with Orient was one supporters both loved and scratched their heads over.
A player who scored 25 goals in one season and was named in the League Two Team of the Season as the east London side just missed out on a promotion play-off spot, injuries and rumours of a move to League One teams resulted in the striker only have one real productive season for Orient.
Following his most productive season in professional football, Simpson was only able to make 14 appearances the following campaign as back and thigh problems kept the striker out of most of the football, and with the club heading in a downward spiral, the forward made the move to MLS where injuries and lack of game time plagued his time in Philadelphia.
Nevertheless, Simpson is still a player Orient fans respect and hope does well with his return to the club. His performances so far have been good, and if he stays with the team if they are promoted back to the Football League, Edinburgh will have a quality striker for the division as well as free-scoring Macauley Bonne.
Orient fans, can Simpson re-find his form if the club are promoted? Let us know!
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