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Surplus: Robbie Simpson
Surplus: Robbie Simpson
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ROTHERHAM United boss Andy Scott has refused to rule out signing Huddersfield Town striker Robbie Simpson.

It is no secret Scott wants to beef up his forward department before the club’s League Two opener with Oxford United on August 6.

And, having previously worked with Simpson at Brentford last season where he scored eight goals in 18 starts, Scott has told The Star he is monitoring the targetman’s situation.

He said: “I know Robbie very well. I managed him at Brentford. A couple of staff here have kept in contact with him because he is a good lad.

“He is a good player but there are a lot of factors which would determine whether it was possible or not.

“I think he would do well in our side but whether that happens or not we will have to wait and see.”

With Terriers manager Lee Clark bringing in seven new recruits over the summer, including Danny Ward for a transfer fee which could rise to £1 million, Simpson has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Galpharm Stadium.

The Poole-born player, who boasts a sports science and maths degree from Loughborough University, has made just four league starts since joining Huddersfield from Coventry City in July 2009. Ironically, his only goal for the club came in their 2-1 victory at Rotherham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

It is understood Oldham Athletic are also interested in Simpson’s services.

Scott added: “I have spoken to Lee [Clark] over the summer about several things. At this stage of the season, you are always going to be linked with different people.

“I would not rule it [a deal for Simpson] out but it is not something I have actively pursued.”

Scott, who is poised to make a decision on trialist Jeff Smith’s future, has Adam Le Fondre, Chris Holroyd and Gareth Evans at his disposal up front while new signings Danny Schofield and Lewis Grabban can also play in attack.

Nonetheless, Scott has hinted he is searching in the transfer market for a new striker as he looks to put the finishing touches to his squad.

“We need to be able to change the way we play a little bit and signing someone with some physical presence might do that,” he said. “But there is no point in signing someone if he doesn’t fit in with the way you play.”