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Phillips: I can’t wait to get started

28 July 2017

Adam Phillips says he’s delighted to sign for Norwich following a successful trial period with City’s Under-23s.

Phillips, 19, joins after 10 years with Liverpool and was part of City’s Under-23s team that recently toured Germany alongside the first-team. “It was great to get to know the players, and it was good the first-team were in and around us as well. The games were a good challenge, especially with the heat and the pitches but I had a great time and really enjoyed it.

“It’s been good working under Matt Gill. He knows what he’s doing, and you can tell he’s a switched-on coach so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can bring to my career. He’s also got good banter!”

Phillips impressed on tour, with plenty of City’s build-up playing coming through him in central midfield. “I’m a holding midfielder, although I can play attacking as well. I like to get on the ball and spread the ball around and I like to take set-pieces and score a few goals from free-kicks. I’ll always give 110% in the games and in training and work hard and do my best for the club.”

City’s Sporting Director Stuart Webber was working in the Academy at Liverpool when Phillips joined, and the teenager says he’s played a big part in his decision to come to Norwich. “I’ve had a strong relationship with Stuart. I’ve always kept in contact with him and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Highly rated at Liverpool, injury problems set him back over the last 18 months. “It was frustrating for the last year or two with injury,” he says. “I had a back injury but I’m fully recovered now and I’m looking to push on with Norwich City and put that behind me.

“I think it’s good the first-team have a new head coach, so hopefully I can try and catch his eye in the Under-23s games and try to push to train with the first-team and get around the squad. But at the moment I’m just focussed on working hard and playing as well as I can with the U23s.”

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