Ernst Middendorp has revealed why Kaizer Chiefs were so keen to keep Bernard Parker at the club after it was confirmed that he had signed a new contract.
The German has heaped praise on the 32-year-old forward after he penned a new one-year deal with an option at Naturena, explaining that he is ‘more than just a player’ now given his experience in the game.
Parker, who has captained the side in the absence of both Itumeleng Khune and Willard Katsande, is likely to lead the line once more against Maritzburg United this weekend, and he will be hoping to celebrate his new contract with another goal.
Middendorp, a man clearly a fan of ‘Die Hond’, told the club’s official website, “Everyone can see how much work Parker puts into his game. Bernard is totally dedicated and involved in our setup. He has become more than just a player, he has also become someone to rely on, transferring helpful technical information to his teammates during the game.
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“Parker is always searching for ways and means to improve his game,” continued the German coach. “It is a win-win situation with the younger guys benefiting from his experience. His wealth of experience coupled with his high level of professionalism has become key to the team.
“He is a very important player for us… Bernard helps the team even in our preparation for the matches.”
Parker has two Absa Premiership goals to his name in 2018/19 this season, and will no doubt be looking to add to that tally before the campaign is over in eight games time.