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Scott Parker’s playing influence at Fulham is much more than minutes on a pitch - but remember the above? The boy's still got it.

However, the 35-year-old’s pedigree shines just as bright at training and in changing room, and was a major factor for his boss in persuading the former England international to give it one more season before embarking on a coaching career.

That, and an explicit understanding Parker will be used sparingly in a demanding 46 game Championship season.

He made 90 minutes only seven times last season in 23 appearances affected by injury.

GetWestLondon also understands the club totem has enjoyed a head coach tougher and more practical than those who went before him.

Parker recognises the good and the bad in coaches, after all, he’s known at least a dozen in his 19-year career, and wanted to leave football on a high after Slavisa Jokanovic equally recognised the spirit Parker brings to a Fulham side that’s struggled over the last two seasons.

An earlier interview with Parker makes this plain.

“I definitely want to carry on working for myself really, just to get out and do something, and there is that part of me which likes dealing with people,” Parker said.

"I like being around people, and that side of me can try and get the best out of people.

"As a player, as a captain, I felt I did that and now I will hopefully give it a go as a coach or manager one day.

"Whether it is working with them on a training ground, or dealing with a 16-year-old who has a problem I can help him out with. I get quite a buzz from that."

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Scott Parker will be a major influence this season