Young Oldham Athletic prospect, moves to Hull City

Oldham Athletic’s exciting prospect Jim Simms has been sold to Championship side Hull City. The deal was made under the club’s previous ownership.

The 18-year-old wanted to stay at Boundary Park but an administrative oversight by Mo Lemsagam was the reason Simms who scored over 20 goals last year for the youth team, did not receive a professional contract.

Simms was then released in April and Hull agreed to take Simms on a two-year contract. It also means Oldham did not receive a fee for the youngster.

He stated, in an interview for his new club, that “I can’t wait to become a Hull City player, I am looking forward to it,”

“It is a big change in my life moving away from home, but I am looking forward to it,” he said in an interview with his new club.

“One of the main reasons coming to Hull was the pathway to the first team. It is one of the best in the country and that really made me want to come here.”

“It is a big step from League Two with Oldham last season to the Championship with Hull; I am joining a big club and I can’t wait.”

Simms is a versatile forward and can be used on either wing or through the middle. Simms was on trial at Hull last spring, where he played in the Under-23s victory over Wigan Athletic.

Recently, he played for the Under-21s in Portugal against Portimonense and in Hull’s friendly defeat of Bridlington.

“As soon as I came on trial in April, I had a good feeling with the lads,” he added.

“I thought the standard was really good and I just wanted to be a part of it.”