Phillips frustrated by Alex exile

25 January 2011 10:09
Goalkeeper Steve Phillips has revealed his frustration at failing to start a game for Crewe Alexandra this season.And the 32-year-old has told BBC Radio Stoke that he expects to leave the club at the end of the current campaign. [LNB]"This isn't good enough for me," he said. "I'm in my prime and I don't want to end up not playing for a season because people lose you on the radar. [LNB]"This is probably one of the worst things that could happen to me at this stage of my career." [LNB]Phillips, who signed initially on loan from Bristol Rovers in November 2009, agreed a two-year contract in June. [LNB]But he then missed the opening two months of the season, while recovering from shoulder surgery. [LNB]Alex manager Dario Gradi signed Chelsea youngster Rhys Taylor on a two-month loan, which was later extended until the end of the campaign. [LNB]Taylor, 22, has so far played in every game this season, until being sent off in stoppage time during Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Aldershot. [LNB]After coming on for the final few minutes at the Recreation Ground, Phillips was then due to make his first start of the season at home to Bradford on Tuesday night. [LNB]However, Crewe have decided to appeal against the red card.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] That means Taylor could yet be eligible to face the Bantams, depending on when the appeal is heard by the Football Association and the Football League. [LNB]Former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers keeper Phillips has, meanwhile, been told he can go out on loan to another club. [LNB]But a clause on his contract means that he must play a certain number of games for Crewe, if the second year of his contract is to be activated. [LNB]"I will be able to leave in the summer if things keep going the way they go because I'm not going to play enough games for that second year to kick in. [LNB]"I nearly went to Lincoln last week but they had the chance of getting a young keeper from a Premier League club for free, so that fell through. [LNB]"I would have gone out and got some games there which would have been good. [LNB]"I knew the injury was going to keep me out but I had the feeling that, once fit, I would be back in the team. [LNB]"Whatever's changed has changed and I haven't played. [LNB]"If I get my chance, how long am I going to stay in the team? We'll have to wait and see."

Source: BBC_Sport