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Brooks edging closer to return says Parker

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AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker expressed delight at David Brooks penning a contract extension and said the playmaker was edging closer to returning to action.

Brooks this week became the latest member of Parker’s squad to agree new terms, signing a deal which will keep him at Vitality Stadium at least until June 2026.

The 25-year-old committed his future to the club after returning to training in the summer having successfully completed his treatment for cancer.

Wales international Brooks was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2021 and received the all-clear at the end of last season.

Reacting to Brooks signing an extension, Parker said: “I’m extremely excited to see him back. He’s a massive player and we missed his quality last season.

“First and foremost, I’m absolutely delighted to have him back in terms of his general health and getting over where he was.

“He’s progressed very well. It’s been slow, of course, and we’ve had to tread really carefully.

“But probably over the past couple of weeks, we’ve pushed on that work and he’s come through very well.

“We’re getting close to the point where, hopefully, he can be in a position to come and help us and join the team.

“A player with Premier League experience and the quality he will bring will only help us. It’s been a long road for him and he’s missed football.

“At the start of it, football was probably irrelevant and it was more a case of getting over his illness.

“Now, I see someone who can’t wait to get back out there. He’s constantly on me “when can I train, when can I train fully?” We’re having to tread carefully on that.”

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