Paul Simpson has explained why loanee Owen Windsor did not figure at all in the Carlisle United side under his management.

The Blues manager said the West Bromwich Albion forward returned to his parent club early.

That came ahead of his release by the Championship outfit.

Simpson said he had advised Windsor to remain with the Blues until the end of the season but the young player wanted to go back to the Hawthorns.

Windsor made three appearances and scored one goal under previous boss Keith Millen but was not involved under Simpson from February onwards.

United’s manager said: “It didn’t work out. He didn’t show enough for me to make me put him into the group.

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“One of the early things that happened in my time back at the football club was that he [Windsor] was informed by West Brom that he wasn’t going to get a new contract there.

“It threw him properly. He wasn’t in a great way about it. He decided that he needed to go back to West Brom, to train with West Brom, and give himself a chance of going and playing.

“I tried to explain to him that it wouldn’t help him because he’s our loan player and he wouldn’t be able to play for anybody else. He was only allowed to play for us.

“But he made that decision. I ain’t gonna fight to keep a player who doesn’t want to be here, so I agreed for him to go back and be part of West Brom.

“I wish him all the best – just disappointed it didn’t work out for him.”

Windsor, 20, announced on Twitter today that he was leaving West Brom after three years with the club.

Simpson, meanwhile, says he plans to speak to Southampton about a more succesful Blues loanee - defender Dynel Simeu.

And the Blues boss hopes he can continue to foster a good relationship with the Premier League club.

“I think Dynel’s done really well. There’s obviously still areas in his game that he has to improve on but this was a really good loan for him and a really good environment for him to come and learn about proper football,” Simpson said.

News and Star: Dynel Simeu (photo: Richard Parkes)Dynel Simeu (photo: Richard Parkes)

“There will be a conversation I have with Southampton, because I’ve kept in touch with them all through my time here to give feedback on Dynel.

“There will be more conversations, because there may not be just Dynel that’s able to help us – there might be somebody else at Southampton.

“What we have to do as a football club is build up relationships with all these clubs, make sure the clubs know we will look after [their players], treat them properly, give them an opportunity to play in games.

“With all the loan signings, you also have to accept that you’re going to have to put up with mistakes that they make; they’re sent here to learn for their development.

“We have to try and minimise the mistakes, minimise the number of loan players we have that are going make mistakes, and make sure we get the right sort of players – experienced, young, but they’ve all got to be hungry.

“I don’t want anybody coming here as an older player thinking it’s a nice opportunity to get a paycheque. That’s not what we’re about. They’ve all got to be driven and have that desire to want to do well for us.”