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.”