Bristol City are confident of securing a new contract for defender Danny Simpson as the Robins look to secure his short-term future, according to Bristol Live.
It was revealed within their retained list that Bristol City have been holding talks with Simpson with regards to extending his stay at Ashton Gate after he ended the campaign with the Robins. However, that was only on a short-term contract meaning that he is still set to be a free agent again at this stage.
Simpson managed to make four Championship appearances for Nigel Pearson’s side towards the latter stages of last season after arriving on a short-term contract, and the Robins boss is keen to ensure that the experienced 34-year-old remains part of his squad for next season.
Bristol City at the moment are short in terms of right-back options having allowed Jack Hunt to leave the club at the end of his deal at Ashton Gate. Zak Vyner is their only real option to fill that role within their squad until they bring in more additions to the squad this summer.
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According to the latest update from Bristol Live, the Robins are confident that they can secure a fresh contract agreement with Simpson and ensure he remains with the club for next term.
That comes amid the report that they set to be working with a reduced transfer budget during the summer transfer window.
This is another real positive for Pearson, after the reports that they are close to completing a new deal for forward Andreas Weimann as well. It shows that the Robins are now starting to make progress in terms of their squad building for next term and it was important that the club showed they were ambitious for next term by keeping the two players they wanted to retain.
Simpson’s experience makes him a valuable asset for the Robins in the Championship and he still has plenty to offer should he be able to stay injury-free. Given Pearson knows all about his qualities from their time together at Leicester City, securing him on another deal makes perfect sense.
Should Simpson sign a new deal with the Robins then it would relieve some of the issues they have in the right-back area of their squad at the moment. However, you would feel that they would still need to bring in another option in that area in order to replace the loss of Hunt.