Scott Parker has revealed that the club will unite around Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks after he has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma. He recently pulled out from the Wales squad and will start treatment from next week onwards. Brooks is one of the crowd favorites at the club after joining Sheffield United in 2018 for £11.5m. Parker said that the news was shocking but could drive the club in a positive way.
“The main focus for all of us is putting in support mechanisms and showing the strength and support he is going to need in the months ahead.” Bournemouth boss Scott Parker said. “We will unite around David and I have no doubt he will be back out there with us doing what he does best and what he loves doing.”
“He is a loved member of the team and speaking to his teammates I can see that,” added Parker. “I’ve been here for 16 weeks and I’ve got to know David, but there are boys who have known him for years and there’s real hurt. What’s also jumping out at me is a group of people who want to support him and help him through this next stage of his life.”