Leeds United chairman Ken Bates wished Ben Parker all the best in the future after the club released the longest serving player from the club earlier this week.
Parker came through the Leeds academy system and made his debut for Leeds in 2007 but was released after an horrendous three seasons through injury. .
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, “We are really sorry for Ben but things had to come to an end. We have kept him going for two years now and unfortunately he has had really bad luck and he will not make it with us. It is not fair to him either. He can go to another club and make a fresh start and it could be that he does well in another division.
“He is a lovely fellow and we wish him all the best. He is going to carry on training with us until the end of the season to make sure he is fit for the next one.”
The left back looked to have a bright future with the club and was a regular in the Leeds side in Simon Grayson`s first half season in charge, helping the club reach the play-offs.
It was Parker`s surging run in the play-off semi-final second leg that led to Luciano Becchio`s goal in the game at Elland Road, against Millwall, which Leeds eventually lost 2-1 on aggregate.
Parker looked to be part of Grayson`s long-term plans when he signed a new three-year deal in the summer of 2009.
His injury nightmare started on the opening day of the following season when he lasted less than 30 minutes of the game with Exeter City before limping off with a hamstring injury.
Parker returned only to then suffer a problem with his hip that required surgery and he remained out until April.
In his first start he against MK Dons, he failed to finish the game after a calf injury ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Parker underwent seven operations in just over a year at Elland Road that limited him to just nine appearances for Leeds in the past three seasons.
The 24 year old spent a month on loan with Carlisle United at the turn of this year and he scored on his debut for them against Chesterfield.
He will now aim to find a new club and a fresh start next season.
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