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DANNY Simpson began his career with Manchester United, coming through their youth system.

After initially working his way into the club’s Reserve team at the age of 18, the right-back was loaned out on a number of occasions to gain valuable first-team experience.

Simpson was first loaned to Belgium’s Royal Antwerp in 2005/06 and 2006/07 before he joined Roy Keane’s promotion-chasing Sunderland in the Championship in January 2007. 

The Black Cats won the league, with Simpson making 14 appearances during the second-half of the campaign.

Upon his return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2007, Simpson signed a new contract with United which would keep him at the club for a further three years.

Simpson’s United debuts in the League Cup, Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup came in the opening months of the 2007/08 campaign before he was loaned out again, this time joining Jim Magilton’s Ipswich for the final six weeks of the Championship season. He made eight appearances during his time at Portman Road as the Tractor Boys missed out on a play-off spot by a solitary point.

In 2008/09, Simpson made 20 appearances during a season-long loan with Blackburn before he joined Newcastle on loan ahead of their 2009/10 Championship campaign.

He quickly settled in to life at St James’ Park, convincing then-Toon boss Chris Hughton to make his switch to the north-east a permanent one in January 2010, with the defender penning a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Simpson made 41 appearances in all competitions as Newcastle won the division comfortably to make an immediate return to the top flight, with Simpson collecting his second Championship winners’ medal.

In the latter stages of the campaign, Simpson continued to feature despite rupturing a tendon in his ankle. The problem required surgery in the close season and led to him missing the opening two months of the 2010/11 football calendar. 

Despite his late start to the campaign, Simpson still clocked up more than 30 appearances and followed that up with 40 outings in 2011/12 when the Geordies stormed to a largely unexpected fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.

In 2012/13, Simpson featured regularly once again under Alan Pardew before new additions in the January transfer window led to fewer first-team opportunities for the 26 year-old.