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The Giants and Simpson are now working through the necessary paperwork to secure a visa with no fixed date for his arrival into the UK set at this point.
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis spoke to giantsrl.com about the move;
We are very grateful to the Souths club for their assistance in securing Jamie a year
earlier than perhaps we had anticipated.
He has been on our radar for a while and whilst Nathan (Brown) was back home over the
Christmas break, he was able to meet people and players on the ground over there
which is a massive help to us in the recruitment process and I am certain we
have got someone in Jamie Simpson who will be a real fans favourite.
The issues surrounding visa timescales are well known to all league supporters
across here so it would be folly to set a date when we expect to see him,
suffice to say that everyone involved has moved with absolute speed and during
the waiting period Jamie will continue to train full time with Souths to ensure
he is fully fit when the time comes to hop onto the plane. It would be
inappropriate at this stage to get anyone's hopes up that he will start the
season with us but we will work together to ensure he does not miss too many
Huddersfield Giants have secured the playing contract of Australian centre/wing Jamie Simpson on a three year contract. The 24 year old has been released a year early by South Sydney Rabbitohs to pursue a UK option. Giants Head Coach Nathan Brown is delighted with the move to sign the outside back;
It's great news for us and ends the search for the outside back that we have talked
about for some time now, which brings more balance and experience to the squad.
Jamie is primarily a centre/wing which will help take some pressure off our crop
of exciting younger backs who have had excellent pre seasons which has pleased
all the coaches. Jamie has always scored tries throughout his career and at 24
he has his best years in front of him.
Jamie Simpson commented;
I'm excited and appreciate the opportunity to continue my football career over in
England. I have always wanted to play overseas and to do it while I am still
young would be a great experience. I look forward to being coached by Nathan
Brown as he is a very knowledgeable coach who will no doubt better my football.
I have enjoyed my time with South's over the past four years and am very
grateful for their major input in my career, and without them would not have the
opportunity to join the Giants.
Over the next three years I hope I can enjoy success and happiness with the Giants and can't wait to meet the team and all the fans.