Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Craving Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Craving Success

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Having managed a mere 125 minutes of Premiership football during Chelsea's momentous title-winning campaign, Scott Parker felt like an imposter as he watched the championship celebrations unfold at an exuberant Stamford Bridge in May.

Whilst the Special One revelled in the spotlight, the Forgotten One shied from it.

Offered a chance to resurrect his career following 18 torturous months which brought just eight Premiership starts, the talented 24-year-old had no hesitation in acceding to Graeme Souness' invitation to head to Tyneside.

Exchanging a club which looks poised to dominate the English game for years to come for one without a domestic honour in 50 years did not appear a logical move for a player targeting trophies. Yet for Parker, it was the obvious one to make.

"It was a strange situation," explained Newcastle's pounds 6.5m summer signing. "The club (Chelsea) was winning trophies, winning the league but I didn't feel part of it.

"The lads there were superb to me and they all tried their hardest to make me feel involved. I tried but there was always something in my heart reminding me that I had not been involved in the success which was being celebrated.

"I was out on the fringes, looking in at what was happening and, although it was great, really brilliant, I just wanted to feel part of it all. I found it hard to take. It's unfortunate but that's football, that's life and you just have to get on with it."

Parker's problems last season were heightened by a fractured metatarsal, an injury which killed any lingering hopes he retained of forcing his way into Jose Mourinho's plans ( not that he is using the broken bone as an excuse for the limited role he played.

"When I got injured, I felt even more distanced from it all," he said. "I was unfortunate to pick up the injury at a time when I was pushing hard to get into the Chelsea side.

But I'm not saying that's why I couldn't get into the team. …

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