Midfielder Jake is latest Lancaster City recruit

New Lancaster City signing Jake Simpson in action for Shrewsbury against Morecambe back in 2009.
New Lancaster City signing Jake Simpson in action for Shrewsbury against Morecambe back in 2009.

Lancaster City have once again moved to bolster their squad signing 22-year-old midfielder Jake Simpson from Workington.

The former Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County man becomes City managers Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow’s latest signing since taking over at the beginning of October.

Simpson, son of former Preston North End boss Paul, has been of the fringes of the Reds side this season in the Blue Square Bet North.

Wainwright said: “Jake is a great signing who has made 30-odd football league appearances, he’ll go into the squad for Saturday’s game.”

The wheeling and dealing side of management appears to have come naturally to the duo and Wainwright is happy with their transition to the touchline.

He said: “It has gone OK, we haven’t set ourselves any goals as such but in the short term we want to improve the team and squad, pick up some good results and hopefully impress people.

“Ultimately we want to help Lancaster City make their way up the football pyramid, this was a good opportunity for us and while we are working with a tight budget we want the club to go from strength to strength.”

Recently the squad has featured bright local talent from the club’s under 18s and they have caught the eye, in particular James Fielding who impressed in the cup defeat to Padiham last Wednesday night.

Wainwright said: “In general I have been impressed with the standard of the lads and they certainly help to give the team a local feel which is important.

“James can play in a number of positions and along with Luke Bradley will feature throughout the season.”

Saturday’s 3-1 victory at lowly Goole, which ended a run of four straight defeats in all competitions, came at a price as the City boss saw his team pick up a fourth red card of the season as Gavin Clark saw red.

Wainwright however does not believe his side have a discipline problem.

He said: “I feel that only Gavin’s red on Saturday was a result of what I would call ill-discipline and, believe me, he was told in no uncertain terms that it is not acceptable, he’ll miss three games and his place will come under threat.”