Jack hails ‘unbelievable’ Scott

Parker will end his four-year association with the Hammers with the
blessing of almost everyone associated with the east Londoners
after his superhuman performances during their bid to avoid
relegation. The Footballer of the Year’s efforts were ultimately in
vain but fellow midfielder Collison believes his team-mate’s legacy
will live on in himself and his fellow youngsters, who will be
charged with gaining promotion from the npower Championship next
season. “Obviously, they’re big boots to fill,” Collison said.
“Scotty Parker’s been unbelievable and it’s been a pleasure for
players like myself and other young players to watch him day in,
day out in training. “The intensity he attacks everything with is
quite amazing. “Obviously, a lot of clubs are going to be
interested in Scotty now and I don’t think any West Ham fan can say
anything bad about him. “He’s worked his heart out all season and,
at times, he’s just done unbelievable things. “I remember the Wigan
game at home, he was ill all week, he turned up at the weekend,
scored a goal and was absolutely unbelievable. “He could hardly
move on the Friday. “Things like that will always live with me and
it’s been a pleasure to play with Scotty.” Collison added: “A lot
of young players are relishing the opportunity. “It’s a massive
club and people should be working hard to play for the Claret and
Blue. “The people above are obviously going to have a busy summer
and we’ve got to look to bounce back.” Parker’s fellow England
internationals Matthew Upson and Robert Green are also set to exit
the club, which will be under new management next season. Caretaker
boss Kevin Keen flopped in his audition for the job yesterday, with
West Ham slumping to a 3-0 defeat against Sunderland. But Collison
said: “I know as a group we’re all fully behind Kevin Keen. “He’s
come in this week and done a brilliant done, and hopefully he’s in
with a shout of getting the job full-time.” Collison, 22, had been
hoping to perform a rescue act of his own after spending 14 months
on the sidelines with a serious knee injury before returning for
the final three games of the season. “I’ve felt like a fan and I
know how it feels to support West Ham,” he said. “Twelve months
ago, I was sat at home at my mum’s on a CPM (Continuous Passive
Motion) machine for eight hours a day. “So if you would’ve said 12
months further down the line, I’d have been back playing on the
pitch in front of 30,000 fans, I’d have bitten your hand off.” A
desperation to get back playing regularly was also behind Boudewijn
Zenden’s decision to quit Sunderland this summer. But the veteran
former Holland midfielder revealed he could yet be convinced to
change his mind. After marking what was, as it stands, his final
appearance for the club with a goal, he said: “Football is
football. “What happens today could be different tomorrow. “But, as
it stands, this was my last game for Sunderland.” Manager Steve
Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn are desperate for Zenden to stay.
“That’s easy to say but it’s one thing saying something and another
giving me the minutes that do satisfy me to sign for another year,”
said Zenden, who confirmed there had been interest in him from
other clubs. “I do enjoy helping out the boys and I can be
influential in the dressing room. “But I think I can be influential
in the dressing room as well as on the pitch while I’m playing. “I
wasn’t happy enough, I didn’t get enough satisfaction from that
situation. “That’s why I decided to look further.”