Hunt delighted with Parker's new role

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has lauded Bernard Parker for his showing in the Soweto Derby as well as recent games where he has been given a new role.

Parker is one of the longest serving members at Chiefs, along with Itumeleng Khune and Willard Katsande, and his contribution in recent years have often been brought into question by supporters and critics alike.

The 35-year-old has now failed to score in his last 61 appearances across all competitions for the club, with his last goal registered nearly two years back in April 2019.

However, he was previously used mostly in makeshift positions under Ernst Middendorp and has now found himself a regular fixture in central midfield, where Hunt believes he is proving invaluable.

"Outstanding in midfield. Obviously, we didn't have any midfield players really and we played him there. I've been playing him in midfield for the last couple of games and he's been excellent for us," Hunt said after their Soweto Derby victory on Sunday.

"He was excellent in Angola; unbelievable in the previous game as well, so he's been very good in midfield and he gave us a real honest performance, so that was good."

Whether this impression on the coach will see the former Bafana Bafana striker earn a new deal at Naturena remains to be seen as his current contract is set to expire at the end of this season.

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