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New York Red Bulls sign Josh Sims for second loan stint from Southampton

The 22-year-old winger made seven regular season appearances, starting five matches, and scored his first MLS goal in the club’s playoff defeat against the Philadelphia Union.

October 20, 2019, Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S: Red Bulls JOSH SIMS (20) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Union during their playoff match at Talen Energy Stadium. (Credit Image: © Ricky Fitchett/ZUMA Wire)

From one short-term loan to another, Josh Sims is back with the New York Red Bulls, the club announced Tuesday.

The 22-year-old winger spent the second half of the 2019 season on loan with the Red Bulls from Southampton. He made seven regular season appearances, starting five matches, and scored his first MLS goal in the club’s playoff defeat against the Philadelphia Union.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement to bring Josh back to New York,” Hamlett said in a statement. “In his performances at the end of last season, we saw glimpses of why he was our top choice in last summer’s transfer window. Josh is a player that can maximize our philosophy with his speed, aggressiveness and quality on the ball. We’re excited to see how Josh can build upon his time with us last year.”

At the Red Bulls’ season-ending media availability, Sims expressed a desire to return and sporting director Denis Hamlett said it was something the club was working on in late November.

This second loan will run from January until June 30, with an option to extend. Sims will be added to the Red Bulls roster as a Young Designated Player.

“Josh proved to be a great addition to our club last year, as a person and a player, and we’re pleased to bring him back,” Red Bulls coach Chris Armas. “Josh has so many qualities that we like and look for, and he made a difference for us in the final third. We expect him to play a big role heading into this season.”

Sims, who made his Southampton debut in the Premier League in November 2016, earning an assist on the eventual game-winning goal against Everton, has only made 26 appearances across all competitions since moving up from the club’s academy side in 2016.

A chance for regular playing time, and competing in a system he was familiar with, were Sims biggest reasons for wanting to return to the Red Bulls.

“I’m delighted to have rejoined the New York Red Bulls on loan,” Sims said. “I enjoyed my time there last season, but felt it was cut short, so I’m ready to start the season strongly and help push the team to improve on last season. I’m fit and ready to go, I felt New York was a good fit for me last season and that’s one of the reasons I’ve chose to come back — the boys, the staff, and everyone connected to the club made me feel welcome from the first minute and I can’t wait to see everyone again and rejoin the team.”

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