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GET CHELSEA STRIKER ON LOAN
(Thursday 23rd November 2000)
Wycombe completed the loan signing of 19 year old Chelsea striker Sam Parkin on Thursday as direct cover for the injured Andy Baird. The deal was struck after a specialist deemed that Baird's ankle injury had not recovered enough to resume training. Baird will now be out for another three or four weeks.
Parkin has been on loan at Millwall for two months where he scored 4 goals in 7 appearances. The 6' 2" former Chelsea trainee was reported to have joined 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. That allowed Wycombe to step in and set-up a deal that was originally reported as being for one month. This was quickly extended to two months after Chelsea's Reserve Team Coach Colin Hutchinson asked for a longer period. The loan period will now run until the 18th January 2001. However, at the request of Chelsea, Parkin will not be available for the FA Cup with Millwall on Sunday 10th December.
Speaking on 1170am's Blues News programme, Parkin said "It was nice to get the chance to play in the First Team at Millwall. The main thing for the young boys at Chelsea is to go away from the First Team and get games and experience in the Football League and towards the end at Millwall it wasn't happening."
Parkin went straight into the squad for the game at Colchester on Saturday 25th November and made his Wycombe debut when he replaced traillist Niall Thompson mid-way through the second-half
Manager Lawrie Sanchez said "We obviously need more fire power up front. With Bairdy still being injured and only having Niall on trial, it gives us another body we can push up there".
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