When Connor Simpson joined Preston North End from Hartlepool United in January 2018, the Lilywhites were said to have a real talent on their hands. After supposedly beating off other clubs it was an exciting signing and fans were keen to see him development – especially after being branded ‘the new Andy Carroll’.
He made his debut as a late substitute against Aston Villa in his first season with the club but even with injury problems throughout the squad that was to be his only appearance for the club. After mixed loan spells with Lancaster City, Hyde United, Carlisle United and Accrington Stanley, Simpson left North End having failed to breakthrough.
It was a shame as at the time of the signing many were hoping we had unearthed the next David Nugent who was also plucked from the leagues below at a young age.
Simpson managed to get a contract with Cork City, presumably helped by their links with Preston North End. However his spell there was short lived, and he again moved, this time back to England with Scarborough Athletic. They are in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, which is the 7th tier in this country. Unfortunately though there season was scrapped early due to the pandemic.
Despite the drop in levels, Simpson did spend time on trial with Norwich City in February, but it seems nothing materialised from this.
Connor has now secured a move abroad which will see him play football in Iceland over the next few months before potentially coming back to Scarborough.