A native of Yeovil, England, the 22-year old was a member of Southampton’s academy before being promoted to the First Team in 2016. Sims has appeared for England at several youth international levels, most recently in the 2019 Toulon Tournament against U-23 competition.
He made his Southampton debut in the Premier League in November 2016, earning a first-minute assist on the eventual game-winning goal against Everton. Weeks later, he earned a start for Southampton in a Europa League match, marking his first venture in European competition.
In total, Sims has made 26 appearances across all competitions for Southampton’s senior team, including 20 in the Premier League, recording two assists in 573 league minutes.
“Our goal during this transfer window was to find a young, dynamic player who improves our team,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “We evaluated a lot of options, and Josh’s attributes plus his Premier League experience made him our top choice. Josh fits our style of play and our club culture.”
Sims went on loan to Reading in the Championship in August of 2018, recording three goals and four assists in 18 appearances. He rejoined Southampton for the second half of the 2018-19 season under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. Sims appeared in seven of the final nine matches of the season and helping Southampton survive the relegation battle to remain in the Premier League.
“I’m delighted to join the team,” said Sims. “I can’t wait to come over and meet the fans, players and staff. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I can’t wait to get to work.”