Simpson has endured a frustrating couple of years since joining from Arsenal with first team opportunities at a premium, but the striker has started the new season in fine style after being given the chance to impress by new manager Steve Bruce.
His performances so far have brought goals and fine approach play and he’s aiming to continue the trend when the Tigers host Millwall on Saturday.
“I knew I just had to keep my head down and work hard,” said Simpson.
“If I did that, I knew the opportunity would come. Hopefully this season will be a reward for that patience.
“It was nice to get a league start against Bolton last time out. I’d had a couple of appearances here and there, and I used those to try and force my way into the team. It was nice to get the reward for that.
“The manager said that I would get the chance to show what I can do and he stuck to his word. Hearing that also gives you the confidence to come into training and do well and know you’re in the reckoning for Saturday.”
Looking ahead to this Saturday, Simpson is looking forward to facing a side he has previously spent a couple of loan spells with, most recently last season when he scored four times in 13 starts for the Lions.
“A lot of the players I played with are still there and the management team is the same,” added the striker.
“History says that Millwall are always a hard side to play against. They have a very shrewd manager who wants to see his players give it everything. He goes into the finest of details when preparing his side.
“It will be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to it.”