Simpkin deal done

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Updated: January 27, 2016
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HAWTHORN premiership player Jonathan Simpkin has been confirmed as Essendon’s third top-up player.

Simpkin joins former Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley and ex-Geelong midfielder James Kelly as the Bombers third signing since 12 currently listed players were suspended following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s guilty verdict over the 2012 supplements scandal.

“We’re pleased to officially announce Jonathan will play for the Essendon Football Club for the 2016 season,” football boss Rob Kerr said.

“Jonathan still has the hunger to perform at the highest level, he brings premiership experience and will provide us with depth through the midfield.

“Off the field we identified Jonathan as a person who aligned well with our team vision and culture, and he’s a player who we feel can also help develop our young playing list this season.”

From Colac, the 28-year-old was drafted by Sydney as a rookie in 2006 but failed to play a senior game in two years on the Swans list.

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Simpkin returned to his home club in 2008 and made a number of appearances for Geelong’s VFL side. He also played 2009 and 2010 in the Cats’ state league side before being selected as a rookie by them in late 2010.

In 2012, the midfielder played four senior games and was part of the Cats’ VFL premiership before being taken as a delisted free agent by Hawthorn.

At the Hawks, Simpkin played 33 games, including the 2013 grand final win over Fremantle.

However, he managed just one game in 2015 before being axed.

He was contemplating a return to Colac but signed with suburban Melbourne powerhouse Balwyn for the 2016 season before being courted by Essendon.

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