Seasiders snap up Phillips

The 19-year-old has joined up with Ian Holloway’s side after
impressing for the England Under-19 side this summer and could
eventually cost the Seasiders close to £700,000. Ian Holloway
admits he had been tracking Phillips for some time before finally
signing the player. “Matty has been on our radar for some time,”
said Holloway. “He did well in the European Under-19 tournament for
England in the summer and has played almost 80 league games for
Wycombe – which at 19 is a real achievement. “I can’t wait for him
to get involved in our system and to work with him on the training
ground.” Wycombe boss Gary Waddock was sad to see Phillips go but
admitted the chance for the player was too good for the club to
reject. “It’s a great opportunity for Matty to play in the Premier
League and we couldn’t stand in his way,” he said. “He is an
outstanding prospect and I’m sorry to lose him but it’s a great
move for him and excellent business for the football club.” Club
owner Steve Hayes added on wycombewanderers.co.uk: “How could we
deny him the chance to further his career by playing for a Premier
League club? “We offered him a new, long-term contract several
months ago but he was reluctant to commit himself and once
Blackpool came in he wanted to go. “We believe we have negotiated a
realistic fee for a player who wasn’t a first team regular.”
Phillips has made 87 appearances for Wycombe, scoring nine goals,
and will now make the move to Lancashire.