Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v C Palace

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Selhurst Park

Last Game

C Palace 0 - 0 Burnley

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Veteran Phillips raring to go

Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips admits he could not turn down the chance of playing in the Premier League under Ian Holloway.

Last Updated: 23/07/13 at 09:26 Post Comment

Kevin Phillips: Crystal Palace striker in action at Dagenham

Kevin Phillips: Crystal Palace striker in action at Dagenham

Phillips, who will turn 40 on Thursday, signed a new one-year contract with the Eagles last week after scoring the goal which clinched their return to the top flight in the Championship play-off final against Watford.

"The last two seasons I have said that's it, but I have had an incredible couple of years," he said.

"Working alongside Ian, he has faith in me and I said after the final there are not many managers that would give a player touching 40 as many minutes as he gives me.

"You can only do that if you produce the goods for him. I still feel I can do a job and he wouldn't have signed me otherwise.

"I am delighted my future has been sorted out for the next season and I am really looking forward to get going."

Phillips, who played the first half of Saturday's 2-1 friendly win at Dagenham and Redbridge, admits his new deal took longer to sort out than was expected.

"It wasn't straightforward," he added. "I can understand it from the chairman's point of view.

"I suppose it is not very often that you're doing a deal with a 40 year-old, so I said at the end of the season it had to be right for both parties.

"It took a bit longer than we anticipated, but in the end I think both sides are happy and I am delighted to put pen to paper.

"There was a sniff from a couple of other Premier League teams. They were very interested but this was the only place I wanted to be.

"They were established Premier League teams but this is the only club I wanted to play for.

"I could have gone home, gone nearer, but I've committed myself here and I am certainly looking forward to it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Europa League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Partizan banner

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan fans.

Europa League: Everton open Group H campaign with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Everton opened their Europa League Group H campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property