JON PARKIN is ready to make history repeat itself when Town take on League I leaders Charlton in tonight’s big televised showdown at The Valley.
JON PARKIN is ready to make history repeat itself when Huddersfield Town take on League I leaders Charlton in tonight’s big televised showdown at The Valley.
The on-loan Cardiff striker enjoyed a 2-1 debut victory for Preston against the South Londoners in the Championship back in August 2008.
And the Barnsley-born 29-year-old who is nicknamed ‘The Beast’ is ready to terrorise Charlton once again.
Frustrated at being out of the frame at Cardiff, Parkin last played first-team football in October during a loan spell at Doncaster, who were keen to keep him for longer.
Cardiff rejected Rovers’ request, but have loaned him to Town for an initial two-month period with a view to a permanent deal.
Initially, Parkin, who has also played for Barnsley, York, Macclesfield, Hull and Stoke and has 102 career goals, will replace Alan Lee.
The Irishman starts a three-match ban after his red card during the 2-1 home win over Notts County which clinched a Football League record of 43 games unbeaten for Lee Clark’s side.
Part of Parkin’s role will be to ‘protect’ fellow frontmen Jordan Rhodes (15 goals) and Lee Novak (11).
But Clark, who has also taken Leeds centre-back Alex Bruce on loan, claimed: “Jon doesn’t get enough credit for what he does with the ball at his feet.
“Jon is a player who has a good feel for the ball and he can bring other people into play. He also gets his fair share of goals.”
Parkin, who attended the same school as new Town teammate Antony Kay, said: “Some people have certain opinions of me, but to be honest, I’m not really bothered. I just get on with things.
“I’m here to do a job, and the aim is to impress enough to win a permanent move, because this is a very good club and one that is going places.
“Charlton is a great game to have first up and our aim is to go there and get three points.”
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