But the club’s legendary keeper is waiting for the start of the season with as much enthusiasm as the outcome of his final health tests!
He said: “I came out on Saturday evening and I have to go back to the hospital in two weeks to ensure there was no spread of the cancer and then I have the final checks two weeks to a month after that.
“The surgeons are very confident that all is well and I’m starting to feeling a little stronger although I was rough for several days.
“I know there’s been a lot of goodwill towards me out there and I am very grateful to everybody who passed on their good wishes through the ClaretandHugh website.”
Despite facing a massive operation ‘Parksie’ has been keeping abreast with developments at the Boleyn.
He said: “It’s all very interesting isn’t it? There’s been plenty going on and we all have our own opinions on it all.
“Personally, I can’t wait for the start of the season – it’s going to be fascinating watching how things work out.”