Cardiff City's Jon Parkin 'sorry for Twitter outburst'

Jon Parkin
Parkin began his career with Barnsley

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay says striker Jon Parkin has apologised for his outburst on Twitter.

Parkin voiced his frustration at a lack of first-team opportunities having only featured in the Carling Cup win over Oxford.

"Does anyone need a gardener? Looking for work," was the former Preston player's tweet after Cardiff's midweek defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Mackay said Parkin had apologised and added: "I get why he's disappointed."

The 29-year-old player was signed by ex-Cardiff boss Dave Jones from Preston North End in January on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

But his opportunities at the Cardiff City Stadium have so far been limited and the former Stoke player has only started three games for the Bluebirds.

Current Cardiff boss Mackay said while he understood Parkin's frustration, he has warned his players of the perils of using social networking sites.

"Everybody's disappointed when they're not playing and I would be as well. If you're not, then I'm querying why you're not."

Mackay said Parkin told him there had been a misunderstanding.

"He's frustrated that he wasn't playing but I get why that would be the case.

"He's come to see me about that just to say 'I was tweeting a mate and it wasn't any sort of public outcry.'

"There certainly wasn't anything intentional meant by putting it out to the wider audience. He certainly didn't expect that to make a newspaper.external-link

"It's part of today's society - Facebook and Twitter. I speak to the boys and it's about being responsible and respectful to the group that are here."

Mackay confirmed Parkin was among Cardiff's travelling party for Saturday's Championship match at Burnley.

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