We are thrilled to announce the season-long loan signing of highly-rated forward Kieran Phillips from Huddersfield Town.
The 23-year-old previously worked with Matt Taylor when he was loaned to Walsall in 2021/22. He made 33 appearances in all competitions before moving to Exeter, netting seven times in the campaign.
A product of Everton's academy, Kieran played with both Morgan Feeney and Joe Anderson throughout his time in the under-18s (where he netted 12 goals in 11 U18 Premier League games), under-21s and under-23s, before making the permanent switch to Huddersfield in January 2020 after a successful loan.
Kieran spent the first half of last season on loan at Morecambe where he scored seven goals and got two assists in 20 League One appearances before he returned to the Terriers in January.
HEAD COACH MATT TAYLOR SAID:
"There was a lot of competition in for Kieran.
"I really liked working with him and he'll give us a different dynamic up front. He'll score goals without a problem - he scored goals at this level last year before he picked up an injury.
"I'm really excited to work with him. He already knows a couple of players in the building from when he was with them at Everton.
"Kieran and I have been speaking for around six weeks.
"There was a lot of competition for him from teams that are higher in the league than we are.
"While I don't believe it, some would argue they are 'so-called bigger clubs' but he's chosen to come here.
"I think the fans will be excited by him. He plays on the shoulder, he will finish with technique, he'll score different types of goals and he's a really good signing for us at this football club."
KIERAN PHILLIPS SAID:
"I'm absolutely buzzing to be signed here. I had a long trip up last night but I'm here and ready to go now.
"Matt (Taylor) was a massive draw in me coming here. When he first got the job it spiked my interest straight away. I enjoyed working with him at Walsall and when he requested to have me on loan it was at the front of my mind."
On his relationship with Morgan Feeney and Joe Anderson:
"Morgan was the year above me and Joe was the year below me so I spent a lot of time with them and I know them really well.
"I've met all the other lads today and they're all great. I'm sure we'll get along well."
On himself as a player:
"I want to score as many goals as possible, help the lads out and win as many games as we can.
"(I'm) fast, a good finisher, I put myself about and work hard for the team. That's me in a nutshell really.
"I'm good on the ball I'd like to say. I might throw a few skills in there if you're lucky!
"Getting in behind and putting the ball in the back of the net is the main thing so hopefully fans will like that."