Simpson signs for Wolves


Soccer Elite FA are delighted to announce that SEFA Scholar Aaron Simpson has signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers.



Aaron has signed a two year professional contract with an option of a third with the Championship play-off chasers. The deal also includes a partnership going forward which will see friendly fixtures between Wolves and SEFA across the age groups.


The 17-year-old’s transfer follows an impressive one week trial at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground at the end of January.  


Simmo will move to Wolverhampton immediately and will play in the club’s under 21 squad, while Wolves will also assist him in completing his education this spring.


It has been a whirlwind of a season for Aaron which has seen numerous professional clubs register their interest in him. Offers included one from Gillingham, and although it was difficult for Aaron to turn down the offer from Andy Hessenthaler and his local professional team, he felt the offer from a Championship club was too good to turn down.


37simmoLee Spiller, who has coached Simpson at the SEFA Scholarship for the last 18 months said: “After watching Aaron train at Wolves last week it came as no surprise to me that he has been offered a deal.


“Since we started working with Simmo as a 14-year-old, he has embraced and overcome every challenge he has faced; this includes joining our Scholarship, facing up to top players in our pro fixtures, and then making his name in the semi professional game at Whitstable and then at Maidstone in front of massive crowds.”


A vibrant and modern full back, Aaron joined our Maplesden Noakes Scholarship in September 2013 and quickly made an impression as a right back who offers plenty going forward as well as defensively. He became a key member of our Scholars side as they took part in professional fixtures against the likes of Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Southampton.  


Meanwhile Simmo used SEFA’s club links to full effect, first moving to Whitstable Town during his first year as a Scholar and then on to Maidstone United in the summer of 2014, becoming a key member of their first team and playing the full 90 minutes in the club’s televised FA Cup victory against Stevenage.


“I am obviously very proud of Simmo’s achievements, and it is an honour to continue supporting Aaron as he takes the next step in his career as a young professional” added Lee.


“He has been a delight to coach throughout the Scholarship, consistently working hard, having a great attitude and taking advantage of all the opportunities the Scholarship has presented to him.  


front“Both Andy Hessenthaler and myself have seen him develop not only as a player but as a person during this time. His improvement as a player has been marked – and has seen him go from a lad playing Kent Youth League under 16 football to a full time professional in a year and a half.


“Meanwhile his mentality has improved immeasurably since joining the Scholarship, and this has given him the platform to take the next step in his footballing journey, joining a superb club in the shape of Wolves.


“Both Aaron and Kaiyne Woolery [SEFA Scholarship product now a professional at Notts County, on loan from Bolton Wanderers] have set a great example to all Soccer Elite FA players coming through the academy setup – and are perfect role models for our young stars of the future.”


Stay tuned later this week for an exclusive interview with Aaron.


Want to follow in Aaron’s footsteps? Get involved with our 2015 Scholarship trials taking place later this month. Click here for full details.