Danny Simpson hasn’t set foot inside St James’s Park since leaving Newcastle United – and he can’t wait to get back on the pitch.
The defender will be in the Leicester City side which takes on Newcastle on Saturday, and Simpson – who left Newcastle in 2013 after a four-year spell on Tyneside – is relishing his first return.
It’s the first time I’ve been there since I left so I’m looking forward to it. I spent four years there, so it’s a big chunk of my career when I was growing up and learning the game. I’m looking forward to going back.Danny Simpson
“It’s the first time I’ve been there since I left, so I’m looking forward to it,” said the 28-year-old. “I spent four years there, so it’s a big chunk of my career when I was growing up and learning the game. I’m looking forward to going back.
“I still know some of the faces there, so I’m looking forward to it, and if we can get the three points that would make it even better.”
Simpson has been in touch with a couple of his former team-mates ahead of the Premier League game.
He said: “I spoke to (Gabriel) Obertan the other day, and I also spoke to Tim Krul because I wanted a car park pass!
“I spoke to him to see how him and his family were, so I’ve spoken to a few of the lads and it was all friendly, but come Saturday ... I don’t know them – it’s all business.”
Right-back Simpson will come up against Georginio Wijnaldum.
“They’ve got some good strong runners like Wijnaldum and (Moussa) Sissoko, then you’ve got a few other lads that can come in that are a little more lightweight but very tricky,” he said.
“Whoever plays on the flanks, your game will change defensively depending on who it is, so we’ll have to watch that.
“We’ll have a chat with the manager and we’ll see what we’re going to do.”