Parker hopes to bond with Fulham fans

Fulham new boy Scott Parker hopes to establish the kind of relationship with the Craven Cottage faithful that he has enjoyed with fans of his former clubs, Sky Sports has reported, despite having represented the Cottagers’ near neighbours Chelsea earlier in his career.

Parker completed a move to Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur recently and hopes he can win over any doubters with his performances on the field – insisting that they are what he should be judged on.

I just want them to respect me,” Parker said. “They’ve seen the way I play and the character I am. Every club I’ve been at I’ve forged a relationship with the fans. I hope it’ll be the same here.

Parker spent a year-and-a-half at Chelsea but featured only rarely, making 28 appearances following his move from Charlton Athletic. He later joined Newcastle but eventually returned to London with West Ham, then joining Tottenham after the Hammers went down. He was allowed to leave Spurs by Andre Villas-Boas, and believes it was in his best interest to do so.

It dragged on and when Tottenham was somewhere I was no longer going to stay, there was a lot of speculation. I’m delighted to be here,” Parker said, adding that he was not interested in dropping out of the top flight despite being offered the chance to link up with former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.

Staying in the Premier League was important,” Parker confirmed. “Fulham is a club I’ve always enjoyed playing. I’d like to see myself here for some time.

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