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Scott Parker not retiring

last updated Friday 09th December 2016, 7:17 PM


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Fulham captain Scott Parker has been twice the player he was last season - not least because for the first time in 18 months he’s injury free.

In fact, a decent pre-season has seen the 36-year-old with a new lease of life at Fulham.

Although he had the decency to laugh when Get West London told him we’ve predicted his retirement at least three times - he was deadly serious that he could keep going next season as well.

His boss reckoned Parker is a ‘coach in football boots’ - such is Parker’s influence on and off the pitch.

Slavisa Jokanovic has already declared his midfield maestro the equivalent of Donato Gama da Silva - or Donato, as everyone knew the former Spain international at Deportivo La Coruna.

Joka played there with the Brazilian in the 1990s, before Donato eventually retired at 41.

Right now, that doesn’t look too far fetched for Parker.

“I’ve had a full pre-season and not come off the back of surgery," he said.

“Last year I was chasing my tail, but now I feel fit and feel sharp.

“If you’d have asked me the retirement question last year, I would have said it’s not too long. But this year I feel I can contribute and as long as I can do that in any way I love being around.

"I’ve been here four years obviously it’s not been the best with me not being in a struggling side some times.

"But being in a successful team would be a massive highlight.

“Yeah, I want to try and carry on.”



















Source Paul Warburton at GetWestLondon
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