Parker set for loan deal

Ben Parker.
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PONTEFRACT-born defender Ben Parker is expected to get his wish to prove his return to fitness with a loan spell away from Leeds United.

Left-back Parker, 24, is out of contract at Elland Road in the summer and wants to win a new deal at the club, but with Aidan White and Danny Pugh currently ahead of him in the pecking order at Leeds he sees his best chance to impress by playing first team games elsewhere for a spell.

League One side Carlisle United have expressed an interest and if terms can be agreed Parker could be in their side in time for their match at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott knows all about the Ponte defender, having been an academy coach at Leeds at the time Parker came through the junior ranks into the first team.

Parker is on the comeback trail after an injury plagued last 30 months and has made only four starts for Leeds since suffering an initial hip injury against Exeter in August 2009. He played for an hour of a behind-closed-doors match against a Celtic development side on Tuesday in his bid to help get back to match fitness.

So far he has played 54 times for Leeds and had previous loan spells at Bradford City and Darlington.