Simon Hooper will referee his first Premier League game since 2015 next week when he takes charge of Newcastle v Burnley.
The Wiltshire born referee has been refereeing regularly in the Championship for the last seven years and has been part of the Select Group 2 since its inception in 2016.
Having been touted as a future Premier League referee by You Are The Ref previously, it now seems the PGMOL are looking to test whether the Swindon fan can cut it at the highest level.
You Are The Ref Director Keith Hackett said: “It’s great to see Simon finally back on the Premier League, it’s been a long time coming.
“We’ve seen Paul Tierney and Chris Kavanagh make great strides this season and one hopes that Simon follows suit.
“This could be a sign that the older referees in the Premier League may well be in their last season and we will see more new blood being introduced in the coming months. Andrew Madley and David Coote spring to mind as those who next deserve a chance.”
Hooper made his Premier League debut back in August 2015 when he took charge of Crystal Palace’s 3-1 win against Norwich on the opening day of the season. Hooper ruled out a Norwich equaliser for a high boot when Cameron Jerome scored with an overhead kick. It was Simon’s one and only appearance in the top flight to date.
You Are The Ref wishes Simon an excellent game and he sets a benchmark for him to go on and become a successful SG1 referee.