Parker back at Elland Road and aiming to impress

Ben Parker.
Ben Parker.

LEEDS United’s Pontefract-born defender Ben Parker has returned to Elland Road after finishing a month’s loan with League One side Carlisle United.

Parker joined Carlisle in a bid to pick up some match fitness after having seven operations on various injuries in the past 30 months.

He made five appearances and scored in Carlisle’s 2-1 home win over Chesterfield.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbot praised Parker’s efforts with the League One play-off hopefuls.

He said: “Ben came in and gave us 100 per cent at a time when he desperately wanted to be out on the pitch.

“He fitted in well and he really bought into what we are trying to achieve and he is one who will get better and better the more he plays.

“The measure of the man came when I spoke to him after the Yeovil game and his comment was ‘just make sure you go on and get promotion`.

“We really enjoyed having him with us and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

Parker is now aiming to impress new manager Neil Warnock in a bid to win a new contract as his current deal expires this summer.

United’s on-loan right-back, Adam Smith, meanwhile, has returned to Tottenham, who recalled him after their first choice, Kyle Walker, picked up an injury in last Sunday’s game with Arsenal.

Smith played three games for Leeds, but did not start at Portsmouth as new manager Neil Warnock preferred Alex Bruce.