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Killian Phillips joins Salop on loan from Crystal Palace

29 December 2022

Club News

Killian Phillips joins Salop on loan from Crystal Palace

29 December 2022

Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of Palace youngster Killian Phillips until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who becomes Steve Cotterill's first signing of the new transfer window, joined the Eagles in January 2022 and signed a two-year contract to join Paddy McCarthy's under-23s.

The Irishman has made 21 appearances for Palace's under-21s in his 11-and-a-half months in England, scoring four goals and notching three assists along the way.

Phillips played 51 minutes of Palace's EFL Cup victory over Oxford United in August as well as their EFL Trophy matches against Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle in October.

The exciting young prospect has also appeared on the bench in the Premier League on two occasions so far this season.

Prior to his move to Crystal Palace, Phillips played for League of Ireland Premier Division side Drogheda United.

Standing at 6'3" and with the ability to play in defence, Phillips made 31 senior appearances with Drogheda after making his competitive senior debut in April 2021.

He broke through at Drogheda after coming through the ranks to play in the first team in the summer of 2020, but had to be patient before making his competitive start.

Town boss Steve Cotterill said:

"He’s an Irish boy. He trained with us on Wednesday for the first time. We got him in so he could pre-train with us and then we will register him as soon as possible. We got him in to integrate with the squad.  

“He is a big, strong boy. He’s 6'3". Can nick a goal, he’s very good in both boxes and a really good athlete as well – he's a strong runner. Because of his size, he’s not necessarily going to be a sprinter – but he’s a strong runner and a really, really, good lad. 

“We have known about him for a little while now. We are really pleased we have got him in. He’s aggressive. 

“I think Crystal Palace are very happy with how we’ve been with Rob Street. It was really handy because he rang Streety and asked him about the club – and Streety told him he loves it. 

“There were about six or seven clubs who were after him so we are quite happy we have managed to jump the gun with that.” 


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