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(Friday 2nd March 2001)
Wycombe fans hoping for the last minute signing of 19 year old Chelsea striker Sam Parkin have been disappointed after talks broke down before the Friday deadline. The loan player played the last game of his three month loan spell with Wycombe at Peterborough last Saturday and the Club had been working overtime to try and push the deal through. The former Chelsea trainee needed to sign before 5pm on Friday to allow him to play in the FA Cup Quarter-Final tie at Leicester on Saturday 10th March but Parkin was apparently reluctant to jump into any contract and any new deal has fallen flat for the time being.

Parkin originally joined The Wanderers in late November on a month's loan as cover for the injured Andy Baird and made his debut in the 0-0 draw with Colchester at Layer Road. However, Chelsea's reluctance to allow him to play in the FA Cup meant that he had to sit out the two Second Round games with Millwall. Ironically, Parkin had been on loan at Millwall for two months prior to joining Wycombe where he had scored 4 goals in 7 appearances. The 6' 2" former Chelsea trainee also had a short trial with QPR during the week leading up to the Wycombe deal but that arrangement fell through after Chelsea wanted the youngster to see First Team action.

Parkin scored his first Wycombe goal in the 2-1 defeat at Wigan in December but he took over a month to begin to really shine. After a very lack-lustre display at Cambridge on Boxing Day, he began to look the part in 2-2 draw with Northampton at Sixfields just a few days later. Once again he was forced to miss the two Third Round FA Cup ties with Grimsby but after Wycombe had triumphed against The Mariners, Wycombe and Sanchez forced the issue with Chelsea to allow him to play in the Fourth Round meeting with Wolves. That move paid off when Parkin came off the bench to head the winning goal and take Wycombe into FA Cup wonderland. He was influential again in the games with Wimbledon, setting up the last minute equaliser in extra-time and then putting away a spot-kick in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the penalty shoot-out.

After the match at Selhurst, Parkin had resigned himself to returning to Chelsea, telling the press "It's a terrible thing to happen. I would love to play in the Quarter-Finals but that's life and I'm just hoping to do what's best for my career now"


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