Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has admitted that it's been a difficult season for him after missing the start of the campaign through injury.
The 32-year old didn't make his first appearance of the season for Spurs until December 16 due to an Achilles injury.
However Parker finished the season fully fit, playing all but one of his sides last 30 games, and realises it's been a tough campaign for him.
“Obviously it’s been half a season for me,” he told the Tottenham Journal. “I’m pleased to have got back in really. It’s been difficult. I missed pre-season, which I think at times has affected me a little bit, but I’m looking forward to the rest now, hopefully coming back and getting a good pre-season under my belt and coming back really strong.”
Spurs missed out on a top four place, which would have brought them Champions League football, on the final day of the season.
Their points total of 72 was their best ever Premier League tally and would have achieved Champions League qualification in ten of the last 11 seasons.
Parker, although disappointed at missing out on fourth, knows that Spurs can look back at their season and take positives from it.
“Obviously we’re a little bit disappointed because our objective was fourth,” he said. “With 72 points, any other time you’d probably get fourth, but this year it’s not worked out that way.
“I think we have to be happy with what we’ve done, we’ve achieved pretty good stuff really. It’s the first season under a new manager and hopefully we can push again next year now.
He added: “I think there have been some results where we’ll probably look at it and think ‘if we had picked up a couple of points there, maybe we could have [challenged the top teams]’. But, in saying that, I suppose it works the other way as well and we’ve got some late winners too."
Next season will be third consecutive season that Spurs will be playing Europa League football rather than the desired Champions League football.
Parker knows that with a few quality additions, the club could improve on this season's fifth place finish.
“I don’t know what the chairman plans or what the manager plans but maybe with a couple of signings, you never know [what we could do next season]," he commented.
"I think we’ve got a fantastic squad here and if we can add that little bit more mentality-wise and a bit of everything, you never know.”
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