Much has been made of the fact that this will be Steve Harper’s last game for Newcastle United and as luck would have it, he will get his chance to make his 199th appearance for the club in front of the home fans with Newcastle United now safe from any threats of relegation. Rightly so, but another player who deserves a proper farewell is United right back Danny Simpson.
Simpson joined Newcastle United from Manchester United in August 2009 initially on loan, but made his move permanent in the winter transfer window the same season. Since then he has been an ever present for the team who apart from this season have continuously made steady progress in the premier league.
Danny made 41 appearances for United in the Championship and in the 3 subsequent seasons in the top flight of English football has made 96 starts for the Magpies. In this time he has had 2 goals and 3 assists for the Toon in all competitions. However, considering the number of goal-line clearances he’s made, he’s certainly made a huge difference.
The news is that a contract has been offered but it has been turned down by the player for whatever reason, but that does not detract from the fact that he has always given his best for the club. In addition, the club last season achieved its best league finish for 8 years and kept a record number of clean sheets, a testament to the quality of his performances throughout.
There may be developments, but as things stand Simpson will be playing his last match for Newcastle United come Sunday against Arsenal. I sincerely hope that Alan Pardew gives him an appropriate role in the game and the fans too give him an appropriate send off for the service he has given to Newcastle United football club.
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