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Ex-NYRB defender Parke just wants to play

After a tumultuous few years, former New York Red Bulls defender Jeff Parke just wants to get back to playing.

The 27-year old has experienced a less than successful move to Europe, a season in the USL with Vancouver Whitecaps and a suspension for performance enhancing drugs but now just wants to return to MLS and get on with his football career.

Parke is currently on trial with Seattle Sounders and although he is unsure of whether he can win a place on their playing roster, he is sure of one thing….playing is what he wants.

"I just want to play," he told Soccer365.com.

"I want to play where I'm comfortable. I want to find a team where I can help them. I want them to want me as well. It's just a matter of being wanted and feeling that I'm at the right spot at the right time.

"In our business, it's tough to go to work every day and be butting heads with the coach or with the GM. There's always a possibility of a move but (the situation with Seattle) is great now. I'm playing here and we will see where things go."

Parke admitted he was unaware when he was taking a banned substance when he was penalised but knows now what he can and can't take to help recovery and said he has definitely learnt his lesson.

"I've done my suspension," he added.

"That's clear because they ended up moving it to wherever I played so I served it in Vancouver. The supplement that we took was at the Vitamin Shoppe. I don't know if you have them out West but it's a big national chain out East. They sell the most natural stuff, it's better than a GNC. The product was off the shelf. It wasn't to get bigger or stronger; it was part of a recovery thing.

"When you take fish oil or something like that, it's for your joints or your heart or your mind. I had a couple supplements that I was taking and one was for a recovery aspect and I guess, from all of my knowledge now, coming through the situation, you learn from your mistakes. It sucks I had to learn the hard way. If I knew that supplements could be tainted at the manufacturing place because the manufacturer includes illegal stuff and doesn't put it in the listing on the back of the label.

"It's difficult."

Andrew Slevison
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