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.