Jackett plays down Simpson expectations

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Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was delighted to bring Jay Simpson back to the club on deadline day.

The former Arsenal starlet, who spent a season on loan at the New Den in 2007/08, joins on a temporary loan deal until December 31st from Hull City.

Without kicking a ball for the Lions, the weight of expectation on the player's shoulders is big after his previously successful spell, although Jackett wasn't willing to commit to a permanent deal in the January transfer window just yet.

“We will see. There is a lot to consider for Jay himself and the most important people are Hull," said the Millwall chief.

“We are not looking that far ahead at the moment, we are looking at the 16 or 17 weeks when we have him.

“Hopefully he will help Millwall to have a good period, but everybody will assess the situation from their own point of view when the loan finishes at the end of the year."


After the departure of Steve Morison earlier in the transfer window, questions had been raised over the Lions' firepower this term, and if the club could replicate last season's successes in the top half of the Npower Championship.

Millwall have made a solid start to the campaign though, and the additional firepower from Simpson could be key to helping the club to consolidate their position in the division.

“He was here before when I first came after Willie Donachie had taken him on loan," Jackett concluded.

“We’ve watched his career and kept an eye on him, so it is interesting now that he can come back older and more experienced. I also feel he knows this division.”

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