Parker eyes survival reward
West Ham midfielder Scott Parker admits he is "over the moon" to have been named as the Football Writers Association's Footballer of the Year, but insists it will count for nothing if the Hammers drop into the npower Championship.
The 30-year-old has impressed this season despite featuring in a side teetering dangerously close to the Barclays Premier League precipice and facing a Saturday trip to Chelsea, who are themselves in a rejuvenated hunt for the title against table toppers Manchester United.
And Parker maintained the award would not take his attention away from securing the Hammers' survival, saying: "Accolades and awards are massive...I'm absolutely over the moon. [But] I stated recently the main focus this year is staying in the Premier League with West Ham and if we don't do it, the personal accolades will be very, very disappointing."
He added: "Last season as well we had our troubles and it's gone into this season. We have got a very good squad and some very good players but for one reason or another we haven't picked up the points we need.
"Our main aim is to stay in the Premier League. We've got five big, big games left and hopefully we can get the points we need and stay in the league."
As well as the FWA prize, Parker's club form saw him shortlisted for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award and establish himself in the England national team.
Parker - who started his career at Charlton before spells with Chelsea and Newcastle ahead of joining the Irons in 2007 - will receive the award at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 12.
Speaking on Friday, Parker said he was enjoying the best season of his career and admitted it was an honour to join the legendary Bobby Moore as West Ham's only FWA winners.
"I'm absolutely delighted," he said. "It is fantastic to get the award. I feel like I have been playing some good stuff so I'm just glad that I've been picked and people appreciate what I've been doing.
"Normally it's at the other end of the league where the players are winning it," he added. "There's probably a lot of other candidates - Charlie Adam, Gareth Bale - I'm really really buzzing that people are appreciating what I'm doing or what I have done, what I'm trying to do."
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