Liam Parker’s determined to make the most of his Boston United return

Liam Parker.
Liam Parker.

SATURDAY’S victory at Workington meant much more than just three points for Liam Parker.

For the defender, it was a chance to prove to himself and the club he has what it takes to play at Blue Square Bet North level.

After an important role in the 2009-10 season as United won the UniBond Premier play-off final at Bradford Park Avenue, those cheers swiftly turned to tears.

A back injury meant that last campaign he played no part in the Blue Square Bet North.

He watched from the bench as the Pilgrims drew at Corby and defeated eventual champions Alfreton, but never got a single second on the pitch.

His contract was terminated by mutual consent and, after regaining fitness, he finished the season at Stamford.

But after impressing in pre-season he was back at the Jakemans Stadium.

And on Saturday, he finally made his first Blue Square Bet North appearance.

“It’s always good to start a season with a win, but for me I was pleased to be out there playing after not getting a chance to last season,” Parker said.

After a ‘disappointing’ year, the 25-year-old remains pragmatic about his fate and is vowing to make the most of every chance he gets at Boston.

“That’s football, it happens,” he added, reflecting on his injury.

“You see players breaking their leg in pre-season and missing the chance to play in the Premier League this year. Anyone can suffer.

“But now I just want to play as much football as possible.

“It’s up to me to play well and prove I should be in the team.

“But I really want to just enjoy my football.

“If I don’t get picked I won’t be disappointed, I’ll just work harder.”

That injury, of course, meant Parker missed out as Boston reached the play-offs last season.

He hopes United can go further this campaign, but refuses to get carried away right now.

He added: “Canners (manager Lee Canoville) has already told us we overachieved last season.

“If that’s the case then we want to overachieve this year.

“We won’t get carried away, we have to take each game as it comes.

“But if I’m not optomistic I shouldn’t be playing the game.”