Plymouth Devils reserve Rob Parker has decided to call it a day on his speedway career after suffering his fourth bad concussion in two years. Thankfully the CT Scan results after his Lakeside crash were okay but showed bruising and he was advised to take it steady and not ride for a while.
Following the crash he and his family have been re-evaluating his racing and have come to the decision to stop racing speedway.
Parker comments, “ There are a number of reasons for the decision , one of which is definitely not anything to do with the club. Plymouth have been by far the best club I could have hoped for to be a part of . I want to thank everyone who is associated with Plymouth for welcoming me and supporting me.”
“It has been a struggle both financially and physically and we are stretched. With my business I have only been able to work three days a week and had a lot of expense due to repairs which hasn’t helped! I was t-boned in a second half practice at Wolverhampton days before my crash at Lakeside and we wrote off almost half a bike in that.”
“Over the past few weeks I have basically lost the love for it and the desire to continue has gone. My team mates have been brilliant trying to help me and get me going . The management have put no pressure on me at all . It is an expensive sport and dangerous if your heart is not in it and you aren’t enjoying it . This was highlighted for me with the crash at Lakeside where I was hit from behind giving me another concussion …my fourth in two years which obviously is not good.”
“I have said to Laurence and Mark that I am sorry this has come at a busy time for the club and it has obviously been a hard decision to make and it wasn’t one that was rushed . “
Team boss Laurence Rogers is fully understanding of Rob’s decision, “ I know this has not been an easy decision for Rob or his family but Mark and I fully take in what he has said. The Parker family will always be very welcome at the St Boniface Arena . We will now assess what our options are to replace Rob with William O’Keefe continuing for now as our No. 6 until we decide on a full time new signing.”