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Reds Defender Turns Full-Time With Chesterfield

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Workington AFC full-back, Jake Simpson, has left the Evo-Stik League Premier club with Tuesday’s appearance at Witton Albion his final outing in Workington colours.

Simpson is switching to full-time football and has taken up a post with SkyBet League Two outfit Chesterfield with immediate effect.

He has been appointed strength and conditioning coach at the Proact Stadium and will be in charge of the first-team squad’s fitness, strength and preparation for matches.

The Oxford-born defender, 27 later this month, has been seeking employment in this field after achieving a Degree in Sports Rehabilitation and a Masters in Strength and Conditioning.

He has been working with Carlisle United for almost two years, obtaining invaluable experience behind the scenes at Brunton Park.

Workington`s joint-manager David Hewson paid tribute to Simpson, who has been a model of consistency for the Reds since returning to the club for a second spell three years ago.

“We knew Jake was going to leave at some point and his status at the club was changed to non-contract in the summer in preparation. It’s a fantastic opportunity for him and he goes with our good wishes.

“He has been a great servant to Reds over the past few seasons and hardly ever missed a game. We now have to find a replacement and it might present an opportunity to someone already in the squad.”

Simpson made his debut for Reds during the 2011/12 campaign, stayed for two years then had a season with Celtic Nation.

He returned to Borough Park in 2014.

He has made 220 (176 starts) appearances for Reds in six seasons and skippered the side in the early months of last season.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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