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`12th Man` Help Fund Simpson Signing

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Evo-Stik League South Premier Bishop`s Stortford`s Supporters’ Club and the `12th Man` appeal have funded the signing of experienced midfielder Josh Simpson.

The 30-year-old has been training with the Blues for several weeks and having put pen-to-paper last night and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Buildbase FA Trophy tie at Bostik League South high-flyers Lewes.

Born in Harlow, Simpson started his career at Cambridge City in 2004 before moving across the city to Cambridge United on a one-year contract in 2006.

He ended up back at City after just one season at The Abbey before signing for Histon in 2008.

He joined then-Championship side Peterborough United on loan in December 2009, with a view to a permanent move, which he did on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee a month later.

Following a successful pre-season trial, Simpson joined Southend United on an initial six-month loan in August 2010 but was recalled from his loan in late December and joined Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

In July 2015, he signed for then-League Two side Plymouth Argyle on a one-year contract.

He has four caps at England C level.

The money from the `12th Man` appeal has helped Bishop`s Stortford fight off Vanarama National League South side Braintree Town’s attempts to sign Simpson.

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