Date:Thursday December 22 2011
Leeds United defender Ben Parker is finally hoping to put a two and a half year injury nightmare behind him, which at its lowest point saw him contemplating giving the game up.
The 24 year old was a regular under Simon Grayson when Grayson arrived at Elland Road in December 2008.
Parker went into the 2009/10 season as Grayson`s first choice left back but a hamstring injury within half hour of the opening game of the season against Exeter City started a two and a half year nightmare that has seen him have seven operations.
Speaking on the official website, Parker said, 'It got to the point where I considered not playing again, but thanks to Harvey Sharman and the physios. I can't pay enough respect to what they have done for me.
'I was in Harvey's office one day, crying my eyes out, saying I was getting nowhere, but thankfully he was there to support me and dragged me through these difficult times.
'It started with my hips, then my back, then it got my Achilles, hamstring, groin...it really has been one thing after another. You could never put your finger on it and deal with it because up until the past few months there's always been something niggling me."
Parker joined in preseason and was hoping to start afresh with the rest of the squad but after just one appearance in the Carling Cup against Bradford City, Parker was once again sidelined through injury.
He is now on his way back and has played in three behind closed doors friendlies in recent week and he is feeling much better, ,em>'People have said I look a yard sharper or fitter and that's brilliant," continued Parker.
The defender is now hoping to get his career back on track at Elland Road as he goes into the final six months of his current contract with Leeds.
Parker knows he needs to get match fit if he is to have any chance of a new contract at Elland Road and is looking for a spell out on loan when the transfer window opens in January.
Parker continued, "I`m just grateful to be playing football again to be honest.
"I am at Leeds United and that is what I want. Hopefully in the summer I will be sitting down and talking about a new contract with Leeds United, but I know I have been out for a couple of years.
"I need to go out on loan, to prove to myself that I can play games without getting any injury and to show the football world I'm still here and can play.'
Parker has made just nine appearances since the start of the 2009/10 season.
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Date:Thursday December 22 2011
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