NEWS: McShane stays, but Simpson goes

Jay Simpson

It may only be 12 days since City breathlessly clambered into the Premier League, but already Steve Bruce has begun sculpting the squad he hopes will prosper there.

The club are retaining the services of four of the players whose contracts were due to expire: the defensive trio of Abdoulaye Faye, Paul McShane and Liam Rosenior, plus reserve keeper Mark Oxley. There had been a little uncertainty of new anointed cult hero McShane’s future, with rumblings of civil disorder in the event of his departure, though this has thankfully been averted. Rosenior’s adaptability has counted in his favour, while Faye’s colossal presence and experience can only be useful.

Twelve players are leaving, and one name stands out among them – that of Jay Simpson. He’s won the majority of people over with an effective season filled with hard-working and selfless displays, but ultimately his goal record has remained so patchy that making the step up to the top flight seems difficult to imagine. He leaves with the best wishes of the Tiger Nation.

Also on the way are Sonny Bradley, Danny East, Paul McKenna, Andy Dawson, Jamie Devitt, Francis McCaffrey, Seyi Olofinjana, Kealan Dillon, Mark Cullen, Lewis Clarkson and Danny Emerton. The departure of the much-loved Dawson at the end of his testimonial season is likely to herald a return to Scunthorpe, while McKenna’s sterling efforts during the earlier part of his City career are worthy of being acknowledged. Olofinjana was an expensive and ponderous mistake, while the rest of them – young lads in the main – seem far better placed to enjoy a career in professional football than the sort of player the club was releasing 15 years ago.

With upwards of £50,000 per week cleared from the wage bill, we now wait to see who that’ll be spent on.

10 replies
  1. Johnny Yen
    Johnny Yen says:

    Delighted to hear about Rosenior. He’s a great option when we play 4-4-2, and a good character to have around.

  2. hovetiger
    hovetiger says:

    A fair bit of that 50k might be needed to extend the contracts of Chester, Evans, Hobbs, Fryatt, Dudgeon. All only have 1 year left on their current deals. Brucie bonuses all round by the looks of it.

  3. suttontiger
    suttontiger says:

    Yeah pleased Rosey has got a new deal, sad about Daws and Simmo a tad unlucky – has the fact that we would have had to pay Arsenal a wad of cash on our promotion to the PL had any bearing on this?

    Can see Matty Fryatt joining a Midlands club in the NPC due to his relocation back there ..

  4. BobNoxious
    BobNoxious says:

    No sentiment in football.. So long Jay and end of an era with Daws. Good luck fellas and thanks.

  5. Bill Baxter
    Bill Baxter says:

    Suttontiger – Letting Simpson go has nothing to do with any payment to Arsenal, he’s being let go because (as a goal scorer, which is his job) he’s shit.

  6. Chunder Monkey
    Chunder Monkey says:

    Bill – harsh, but ultimately fair.

    That’s a good point about the young lads we’re releasing now. Some have done really well in the lower leagues since leaving City, which I suppose is an encouraging sign that our youth system is going in the right direction. I still think Devitt has the class to be a really good player in the future.

  7. Officer Crabtree
    Officer Crabtree says:

    Barmby got a bit of stick for not playing Simpson as he saw him as a ’10’ (i.e. a player who needs to play behind the centre forward). Time has proven him right. Jay Simpson is very good footballer. His hold-up play means that we can defend from the top – which was vital in some games this season, such as the Millwall away victory, in which he was excellent. But as others have said, his inability to score goals counts too much against him. We hopefully have better lined up to come in.

    With Oxley, this could mean that we’re actively going to try to get rid of Jakupovic and keep the (presumably inexpensive) Oxley as a third-choice keeper. Getting in Steve Harper as an able, good influence-type number two might not be the worst thing we could do this summer.

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