Jan 10 2013 by Guy Martin, Harrow Observer
WES Parker has allayed fears that he is considering retiring.
The club captain caused alarm among his Twitter followers by posting a message that hinted he was mulling over his future.
Their fears may have grown when the 29-year-old was on the bench on Saturday at Kingstonian and again on Tuesday night as Alex Dyer’s goal secured a 1-1 draw at Hastings.
But despite his ‘hamstring, both Achilles and a big toe screaming out for retirement’, Parker has dismissed suggestions he is thinking of hanging up his boots.
“There are no plans for retirement just yet,” he said.
“The tweet was a bit of a joke. Some of the lads and the physios definitely think I should be seriously considering retirement though.
“On Saturday I wasn’t fit enough to feature. I’ve been carrying Achilles and hamstring injuries for a couple of months and, with continuing to play with them, they’ve gradually got worse to the point they need rest and treatment.
“I hate not playing but the injuries were starting to affect my performances, and that’s when you know you can’t carry on playing through them.
“I’ve always had a habit of playing with injuries, and not giving them enough time to rest, and consequently spend longer out further up the line.”
The defender is confident Stones have not lost a winning habit, which has helped them to remain unbeaten in all but two league matches this season prior to the turn of the year – results which Parker could not explain.
“If we could, then we wouldn’t be going through a dip,” he said. “It happens to all teams at some point during a season.
“We’re the same bunch of players that got us into a great position just before Christmas, and it will be the same players that get us out of it. We haven’t turned into a bad team overnight.
“We’re still fourth with games in hand, so we’re a long way from disaster. It’s a great foundation to build on during the second half of the season.
“It’s a case of getting our heads down and working hard and all pulling in the same direction. During these difficult periods the only thing that’s going to get you through is hard work.”