UPDATED 12:49 27th May 2016
ROBBIE SIMPSON became the Grecians’ first signing of summer 2016 after leaving Cambridge United.
The 31-year-old striker, who began his career on schoolboy terms at Norwich City, joined non-league side Cambridge City in 2002 in pursuit of first team football. Simpson’s spell with the Lilywhites proved to be a fruitful one as he notched forty-two goals in 113 appearances to attract the attention of Cambridge City’s neighbours, Cambridge United.
After a slow start to his United career which was hampered by injury and full-time study at Loughborough University, Simpson hit the goal trail in the second half of the 2007/08 season, finishing with seventeen goals in thirty-three appearances. A fan-favourite for his hard work off the ball and his goal-scoring exploits, Simpson was recognised for his efforts in the 2007/08 campaign as he picked up the Supporters’ Player of the Year award. Despite the U's' best efforts to tie down the Poole-born forward for another season, Simpson joined Ian Dowie’s Coventry City at the start of 2007/08.
Following a two-year spell in the Midlands which began with a goal five minutes into his debut match against Notts County, Simpson left Coventry to join Huddersfield Town in June 2009. After a difficult first season with the Terriers, he joined Brentford on loan for the duration of the 2010/11 season and scored four goals in eighteen starts.
In spite of hitting some decent form during his spell at Griffin Park, Simpson found himself on the fringes of the first-team squad at Huddersfield following his return, and joined Oldham Athletic on loan in September 2011. The loan move was a success as he netted three league goals in addition to spectacular strike in the Third Round of the FA Cup against Liverpool to secure a permanent move to the Latics in January 2012.
Simpson joined Leyton Orient in 2013 having notched up a half-century of appearances in an Oldham shirt. He appeared on the bench for the 2014 League 1 Play-Off final, but found himself surplus to requirements at the Matchroom Stadium that summer, opening up the possibility of a return to previous club Cambridge United.
On 9 June 2014, Simpson re-joined the newly promoted fourth tier side after a seven-year spell away from the club. He netted twelve times during sixty-seven appearances before leaving the U’s by mutual consent at the end of the 2015/16 season.