Parker left ‘speechless’ by award

The 30-year-old has impressed this season despite featuring in a

side teetering dangerously close to the Premier League precipice.

As well as the FWA prize, Parker’s club form saw him shortlisted

for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year

award and establish himself in the England national team. Parker –

who started his career at Charlton before spells with Chelsea and

Newcastle ahead of joining the Irons in 2007 – will receive the

award at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 12.

Speaking on Friday, Parker said he is enjoying the best season of

his career and admitted it is an honour to join the legendary Bobby

Moore as West Ham’s only FWA winners. “I’m absolutely delighted,”

he said. “It is fantastic to get the award. “When I got the phone

call to say I’d won it I was speechless really. I’m just really,

really pleased. “You’re always surprised when you get awards –

there’s always an element of surprise. “I feel like I have been

playing some good stuff so I’m just glad that I’ve been picked and

people appreciate what I’ve been doing. “Normally it’s at the other

end of the league where the players are winning it,” he added.

“There’s probably a lot of other candidates – Charlie Adam, Gareth

Bale – I’m really really buzzing that people are appreciating what

I’m doing or what I have done, what I’m trying to do.” While

looking forward to picking up the prestigious accolade for his

personal performances, Parker maintained that he is focused on

securing Premier League survival for West Ham. “I stated recently

the main focus this year is staying in the Premier League with West

Ham and if we don’t do it the personal accolades will be very, very

disappointing,” he said. “Our main aim is to stay in the Premier

League. We’ve got five big, big games left and hopefully we can get

the points we need and stay in the league.” Parker struggled to put

into words how well the season had gone on a personal note,

although he had no such problems describing where West Ham’s season

had gone wrong. He said: “I cannot explain to you the way it’s gone

for me on a personal level. Accolades and awards are massive…I’m

absolutely over the moon. “I’m playing well, obviously I wish we

could be in a better position in the league but on a personal level

things are going good for me. “I need to keep continuing that,

working hard, and staying on the right track. “[As for the team’s

under-performance] it is not just this season,” he added. “Last

season as well we had our troubles and it’s gone into this season.

“We have got a very good squad and some very good players but for

one reason or another we haven’t picked up the points we need. “If

I could put my finger on it I would. We need to try to pick up some

results. But we still have a chance.”