Phillips signs new Bees deal

01 July 2009 05:42
Brentford central defender Mark Phillips has signed a new one-year contract at the club with a further 12-month extension. The former Millwall player joined the Bees last August and made 28 appearances in his first season. The 27-year-old told the club's official website: "I'm really happy with how things have turned out. "The negotiations took a while but there was no panic and I'm pleased to be staying at the club." Phillips is looking forward to testing himself in League One after winning the League Two title with the club last season. He added: "Last season was a transitional year for me personally and I'm really looking forward to playing in League One next season. I think the team will do well as I feel we're more suited to League One than to League Two. "We like to pass the ball and play good football and I think that will hold us in good stead in making the step up." Brentford manager Andy Scott has also signed central defender Leon Legge on a similar deal. Legge, 24, made 39 appearances and scored 10 goals for Isthmian Premier League side Tonbridge Angels last season. He said: "I've wanted to make the step up to league football for years. I've had plenty of trials over the years and it's brilliant that I've now achieved this. It's my birthday this week so it's the perfect present. "I had a good season last year at centre back and scored a few goals too - I didn't know it but the gaffer had watched me nine times overall so I must have been doing something right." Until last week Legge was combining his football career with a full-time job as a support worker for adults with learning difficulties, but will now turn professional. He said: "I've been working full-time and had been juggling my training with Tonbridge around my job. On the one hand I'm sad to give it up as I enjoyed the job and found it very satisfying to be involved in - I was quite popular there too. "However my dream was to become a professional footballer so there was no choice really."

Source: BBC_Sport