Former Middlesbrough defender Gary Parkinson is acting in a scouting role for the club, despite suffering from debilitating illness locked-in syndrome.

The 43-year-old, who represented Boro between 1986-1993, was working as head of youth with npower Championship club Blackpool until he suffered a severe stroke in September 2010, leaving him totally paralysed.

But with his mind still fully active, he is now helping Boro boss Tony Mowbray scout potential new signings by watching DVDs and then rating them by blinking to his wife Deborah - the only way he can communicate.

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