Jack hails 'unbelievable' Scott

BY foxsports • May 23, 2011

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."


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