Parkin pens new Fleetwood Town deal

Jon Parkin in action for Fleetwood
Jon Parkin in action for Fleetwood

Striker Jon Parkin has put pen to paper on a new contract at Fleetwood Town.

The 31-year-old has agreed a new one-year deal and Parkin, whose 12 goals for Town last season included two hat-tricks, was pleased to end speculation over his Highbury future.

“I’m glad to have it all sorted,” he said.

“I signed on Saturday night and it’s good to get everything out of the way.

Parkin’s first season at Fleetwood was blighted by injury – the striker sidelined for several months with a recurring hamstring problem.

He said: “I’ve never done my hamstring before. I went back to training and did it again, which was a massive blow.

“Hopefully next season I can stay injury-free.”

Parkin will face stiff competition for a place in the Town starting 11, with Jamille Matt, David Ball, Steven Gillespie and young Jamie Allen all battling for a spot up front.

“I’m just going to have to work hard pre-season,” he added, “but I’m pleased to have those guys about.”

And the striker is also hoping his sense of humour can help lift the Fleetwood dressing room following a disappointing finish to the season.

“Team spirit is a massive part of it,” he insisted. “Ten months is a right old slog. I just hope I can contribute my little bit.”