We had seen some headlines about Alan Pardew regretting not re-signing Danny Simpson to a new deal, but Newcastle have been trying to do that for the last two years, but Danny wouldn’t sign, and he has now been signed as a free agent by Harry Redknapp at QPR, and will be playing in the Championship next season.
Danny Simpson – emotional farewell to Newcastle fans
Of course that’s where he played when he first arrived on Tyneside four years ago from Manchester United, and he played a part in getting Newcastle immediately promoted back to the Premier League.
And Danny will always remember Newcastle as the birthplace of his daughter Skye, who was born just less than two years ago in Newcastle.
This is what Danny said to the Newcastle fans on the web-site:
“I knew for a while that I’d be leaving, but it sank in when I saw the lads in the home dressing room for the last time and then did the lap of honor with the lads to say thanks to the fans for everything,”
“And I’ve got to say, I was here for four years and they’ve been tremendous with me so I’d like to say a big thanks to them.” “It was emotional to do that lap of honor, especially with my little one.”
“She was born in Newcastle so technically she’s a Geordie and that last game was quite an emotional day – but a nice day as well.”“I came at 22 and it’s been a big part of my career; not just my career but my life as well with my little one being born here.”
“From walking in as a 22-year-old to leaving now, I’ve matured a lot and changed a lot. Being in Newcastle and being around certain people – team-mates, coaches, managers – and playing in front of those fans has helped me a lot and I’m well happy with the four years.”
“Obviously winning the Championship the way we did is one of the highlights, getting back into the Premier League, but also just cementing my place in the team the season before last and finishing fifth.”
“And there were one-off games – beating Sunderland 5-1, the comeback against Arsenal… I’ll never forget those days and those games, but the whole four years have been top class.”
“I don’t think that 4-0 to 4-4 will ever happen again and to beat your rivals 5-1, that was my second Premier League game for Newcastle and to beat them the way we did that day, I know how much it means to the fans here.”
“I can happily walk away and say I played four derbies: won two, drew two so I’m happy with that record.” “I loved playing pretty much every game when we finished fifth and got into Europe, and then playing in Europe as well – Benfica away, those kinds of games and experiences are invaluable and I loved every minute of it.”
“There have been no regrets.” “The whole four years has just been class.” “I always say if anything’s not gone right, then I’ve learnt from it and it’s made me better.”
“So I don’t really have any regrets. Anything that’s not gone right for me, I’ve learnt from and worked on and become better from it.”
Both Danny Simpson and Steve Harper are on the payroll at Newcastle through Sunday, and then they become free agents on Monday, and that’s when Danny’s three year contract starts at QPR.
Danny played 138 times with two goals for Newcastle, and his refusal to sign a new contract was one reason Mathieu Debuchy was signed by Newcastle in January.
Danny was always a good professional at the club, and he played great in the Europe League for us last season.
He will be a powerful player for QPR, and we wish Danny all the best.
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