It emerged yesterday that former Derby County and Spurs midfielder Simon Dawkins, who had two seasons at the iPro, has been released by MLS side San José Earthquakes with news coming via their official website.

For their part, the ‘Quakes’ say that the parting came about after club and player “mutually agreed to part ways,” so ending Dawkins’ two-year stint playing in the MLS. Whilst in America, and during this two-year stint, with San José, Dawkins made 43 appearances – 35 of these appearances being starts.

Dawkins started out his football journey at Spurs, breaking into the Premier League side’s first-team set-up in 2007 from the youth teams. He was released by the Premier League side in 2009, having made no first-team appearances, and only three appearances for the U23s. He did, however, spend a half-season on loan to then League One side Leyton Orient – a loan spell that saw him make 12 appearances for the Os.

After two seasons out of the professional game, Dawkins was again picked up by Spurs in March 2011 and immediately sent out on loan to San José until December 2012. His return saw him feature in a half-season loan (January 2013-May 2013) with Aston Villa – Dawkins making four Premier League appearances.

His most productive spell, before his permanent move to the MLS in 2016, came at Derby County. He first joined the Rams on a two-part, season-long loan from Spurs that spanned the 2013/14 season. At the culmination of this deal, Dawkins signed on permanently for Derby in what was a £500,000 deal.

In total Dawkins featured in 73 games for Derby, 60 of these (seven goals/six assists) being in the Sky Bet Championship. He also featured in six EFL Cup (two goals/one assist) and four FA Cup ties before his move to America.

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