Parker looking for new club after leaving Leeds

Ben Parker.
Ben Parker.

PONTEFRACT born defender Ben Parker is looking for a new club after being released by Leeds United.

The former England youth international captain has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent to allow him to begin to look for a club now.

The contract was due to expire in the summer and Leeds have not taken up an option to offer 24-year-old Parker a new deal after an injury plagued last few seasons.

He was United’s longest serving player, having coming through the youth academy ranks before making his debut against Macclesfield in the Carling Cup in 2007.

The former St Wilfrid’s RC School pupil made 47 starts for the Whites and seven substitute appearances, scoring one goal.

He has found first team opportunities hard to come by at Leeds this season, however, making just one appearance in the 3-2 Carling Cup win against Bradford City in August.

After another injury setback Parker did not play another game until the end of January when he joined Carlisle on loan, making five appearances and scoring once.

Carlisle could come in for him again with offer of a permanent deal while Sheffield United are believed to have been keeping tabs on him.

Parker was joined by midfielder Mika Vayrynen in having his contract cancelled early and United manager Neil Warnock said: “We felt we might as well do things now when they won’t form part of my plans.

“I want to give everyone an opportunity to get themselves fixed up, if I’m not keeping them. I’ve always tried to do that.

“I just think we’ve got to move on now. There’s going to be quite a lot of movement.”