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A former Waterford FC player has entered the Love Island Villa

Anyone remember Aaron Simpson? You know, the former Waterford and League of Ireland player? Maybe not.

But you may know him as a professional footballer unveiled last night on the island of loveand yes, he played in the League of Ireland for Waterford in 2019.

Last night Simpson became the latest to join the reality show as he puts his football career on hold for the time being.

The 24-year-old defender joined Waterford in 2019 on a contract until the end of the season under then-boss Alan Reynolds.

Prior to joining the Blues, Simpson was previously at Wolves, Portsmouth and Kilmarnock before moving to RSC.

Since leaving RSC and Waterford, the defender has continued to play non-league football in the UK.

Stints at Dover Athletic and Sutton United followed since his relatively brief spell in the League of Ireland.

Aaron Simpson before his days on Love Island

He joined Waterford in March 2019 on a deal which was to last until the end of the season.

Before putting pen to paper on his contract with the club, he trained with them for two weeks.

“I was a bit skeptical coming, of course,” he said after signing for Waterford in 2019.

I had never even been to Ireland but once I got here and saw the professionalism of how things are run the guys and staff were great.

I had a good vibe here and that’s why I wanted to stay.

Coming to Ireland I wasn’t really too sure what the norm would be and that. But we have great players here, a very good mix with very experienced guys and a lot of good young players too.

I can’t wait to learn from Damien [Delaney] and I think we can do very well this season.

And his feelings were shared by his manager at the time.

“We’re really happy to have Aaron up and sorted,” Reynolds said.

“He’s been on the team for the last few weeks, working on his fitness with Joe and also being around the guys and he’s done well.”

Unfortunately for Simpson, his time in the Southeast was cut short. Just three months after signing, he left, making nine appearances, leaving the club alongside Scott Twine and Hugo Keto.

And yes, we are just as surprised as you are.

And yes, even his Wikipedia page was changed last night.

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