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Killian Phillips | First Interview

2 January 2023

New recruit Killian Phillips sat down with Salop to discuss his loan arrival from Crystal Palace.

An all-action midfielder who can also play in defence, the 20-year-old has arrived on a deal until the end of the season.

Killian has enjoyed a remarkable few years that first saw him make his debut for League of Ireland outfit Drogheda United in April 2021.

He was then snapped up by Palace in January 2022 - with the midfielder playing against both Liverpool and Manchester United in pre-season before he then made his professional debut against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.

Killian, who is good friends with fellow Town loanee Rob Street, cut a Christmas trip to Dublin short in order to finalise his move to Montgomery Waters Meadow.

And speaking to the club's official website, he spoke about arriving in Shropshire, his career so far what he hopes to bring to the Town team.

ON JOINING TOWN:

"I’m buzzing – I'm really looking forward to the next six months here at Shrewsbury. 

"I went home (to Dublin) and was due back at Palace on January 3 but I got the call from Shrewsbury and was just delighted to get the deal done as quickly as possible. 

"It’s allowed me to spend a couple of days with the group and all the lads are bang on – they've helped me settle in really well. 

"It feels like I’ve been here a while now because all the lads literally brought me into the group straight away and all the staff as well – they have put their arm around me and looked after me."

ON SPEAKING TO ROB STREET AHEAD OF THE MOVE:

"He spoke about all the lads, the gaffer and the staff and how good they all are. He was saying it’s a great place to develop which is exactly what I want to do."

ON HIS PLAYING STYLE: 

"I’m a box-to-box midfielder and I always give 100 per cent. This year I have managed to nick a few goals so hopefully I can do that here at Shrewsbury. 

"I play with a lot of energy so I do tend to find myself in both boxes. 

"I don’t have a preferred position. I have played attacking midfield all this season for Palace. The under-23s manager Paddy McCarthy has taught me that position really well. 

"I enjoy playing as a number 10 and playing off a striker – but probably box-to-box is my favourite role. And I don’t mind playing as a holder, I played as a holder for Drogheda so I don’t mind that either." 

ON PLAYING SENIOR FOOTBALL:

"I have played senior football before in the League of Ireland so I’ve got a good idea what it will be like – three points is everything."

ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE LEAGUE OF IRELAND AND PREMIER LEAGUE 2:

"The League of Ireland is a lot more physical than Premier League 2 – you're playing with men obviously so it is a lot more physical. 

"Premier League 2 is probably more technical and that is a side of my game I need to develop.

"I think playing in Premier League 2 and in the League of Ireland has suited me and helped me a lot."

ON LIFE SINCE JOINING PALACE A YEAR AGO:

"I don’t even know how to describe it – it's been a dream come true. 

"It’s crazy that I have gone from playing for Kilbarrack to Drogheda to Palace in a year. 

"I went on the pre-season tour and started against Liverpool and (Manchester) United which was mental. 

"Then I made my debut in the Carabao Cup against Oxford which was a dream come true.

"This season has gone really well for me. To make my debut was unbelievable and I’ve managed to be on the bench a couple of times in the Premier League. 

"And I’ve been able to learn a lot from Patrick Vieira who has been one of the best central midfielders in the world. 

"There are a lot of good players I have learnt from at Palace – it's a great club and they are having a successful season so far. 

"I think my time there has improved me a lot - the coaches there have helped me a lot with the technical side of the game and the tactical side as well. 

"They have also helped me a lot with the physical side – it's really the first time I have done gym work. They have looked after me with that and improved me physically."

ON WHAT STEVE COTTERILL HAS SAID TO HIM:

"He is bang on and has looked after me ever since I’ve come in.

"I think we all have the same goal, to win as many matches as we can. That is what I’m going to help Shrewsbury do."

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