Veron Parkes is an Under-18’s forward for West Ham United who is looking to become a regular for the team after joining from Crystal Palace.
Vernon talks to us about why he left Palace and who he would like to play for at international level.
Veron Parkes Interview
What position do you play?
Naturally I’m a striker but I can also play on either wings or as an attacking midfielder.
What your style of play?
I’m a quick, technical player that likes to use a trick or two to beat a man but I’m also a goal scorer that keeps an eye on his goal a game ratio, that’s very important to me.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
I would say my strengths are my pace and my technical ability and my weaknesses are my defensive abilities, defensively I’m not the best.
You started your career at Crystal Palace, why did you leave?
I felt like I needed a new challenge in my career and I believed that I could make an impact at Cat 1 level which would give me more recognition to push for a spot at international level.
You’re now at West Ham and enjoying your football, what has been the difference?
It’s a much different environment since at Palace the facilities weren’t as good due to the circumstances but now at West Ham I am able to use the training ground freely, there are more coaches around and overall it’s just a more professional level.
How did it feel to make your Under-18’s debut?
I was delighted to make my debut so soon after joining. I wasn’t really expecting it honestly since nobody told me I was even on the bench, but after a good performance in the first half playing for the Under-16s the gaffer called me over and said to go to the Under-18s pitch.
I walked over and Steve Potts the Under-18s manager told me we were down to 10 men and we were losing 2-1 which made me a little more nervous than before but as soon as I got on I just tried to do a job for the team and try nick a goal back.
You are eligible to play for England, Scotland, Spain, Japan and Jamaica at international level?
Yeah, my Dad is half Scottish and half Jamaican and my Mum is half Spanish and half Japanese. But I was born and bred in England
Do you have a preference of who you would like to represent? And why?
I don’t really have a preference yet since I haven’t played international but I’m prepared to play for any to see which one feels most comfortable.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
In 5 years time I see myself as a first team regular in one of the top 5 leagues and hopefully a full international.
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