Date: 23rd June 2014 at 5:24pm
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Central defender Mark Phillips has become manager Neal Ardley’s fifth signing of the summer.

The experienced defender joins us from Southend United and he joins us having been part of Brentford League 2 title winning team back in 2009, Southend’s Player of the Year in 2012 and having been involved with them in their recent Cup runs and Play Off Battles.

He also knows the gaffer from their time as players at Millwall.

Last season for Southend, including him ended the season out on loan with Aldershot, he made 39 appearances all in.

Speaking to the Official Site after the signing was announced, Ardley said of the capture.

‘Once we knew that Darren Jones was probably not going to stay due to family reasons we looked long and hard at our list. We went through the pros and cons of each player and we kept coming back to Mark. He’s very aggressive in both boxes, he knows the league and I know the character we are getting. We’re really pleased and hopefully he can add to the quality, experienced centre halves that we’ve already got.’

Going on to say that Phillips reminds him very much of Andy Frampton in terms of their aggression to win the ball in the game, he also says that his loan spell out at Aldershot was down to contractual reasons and not footballing ones, as up until that point he was a regular in their first team helping them to fight for the play off spots at the top, and having spoken to those at Aldershot, they say he was a big reason for them staying up last term with his performances.

32 year old Phillips himself said of the move.

‘There were two or three clubs interested in me, but Wimbledon was my first choice. Being fairly local, my first ever game as a kid was watching Wimbledon, though I can’t remember which team it was against. I’ve also played with plenty of players who have played for Wimbledon and I’ve witnessed their rise from when they started again with nothing.’

Phillips says that he feels it’s a very exciting time for the club given our rise from ashes, and he feels we are continuing to grow as a club very rapidly so he’s looking forward to being able to play his own part in helping us to achieve that now.

‘The aim has to be promotion, I don’t think you can aim for anything less than getting into the play offs.’

Ardley signings so far definitely imply that for this coming season.

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