LEE CLARK is looking forward to seeing the real Robbie Simpson!
First illness, now injury has meant Town’s manager, the player himself and fans have all had to be patient since his summer arrival.
But the former Coventry City striker, who when fit has been a regular in Clark’s matchday 18, is regaining full fitness after a thigh problem.
And the boss is hoping the 24-year-old, whose first goal for the club came in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Rotherham United, can now enjoy a long spell of regular training – and playing.
“That’s exactly what Robbie needs, because so far, it’s all been a bit stop-start for him, which is frustrating for everyone,” said Clark, who is preparing for Sunday’s derby trip to Oldham Athletic.
“I’ve never doubted Robbie’s ability, however, and having watched him often before I signed him, what I’ve seen since he’s been here has only reinforced my view that he is a very good footballer. When he gets that run of continuous training under his belt, we will see the real Robbie – a lad who will score goals on a regular basis.
“I’m looking forward to working with him when he’s 100% fit and firing on all cylinders, because we’ll have a right player on our hands!”
Simpson, a Loughborough University sports science graduate, was on Norwich City’s books as a youngster, but made his name with the two Cambridge clubs, first City then United.
A storming finish to the 2006-07 campaign, when he notched 17 goals for United, brought his move to Coventry, for whom he scored five minutes into his debut in a League Cup clash with Notts County in August 2007.
There were six further goals for the Sky Blues, but Clark believes Simpson would have scored more had he been played as a central rather than wide striker at the Ricoh Arena.