The 26-year-old rejected the Magpies' most recent contract offer and is set to leave St James' Park on a free transfer at the end of the season.
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Simpson told reporters: “It’s been a tough few months but I’ve got a good relationship with the manager. He knows my situation with the club."
The former Manchester United trainee also revealed that the faith shown in him by boss Alan Pardew is key to his continued commitment.
“It was good to repay him by playing my part in getting a win," Simpson continued.
“I said to the manager whatever happens – injuries, suspension or whatever – he can rely on me if he does need me.”