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02 Jul 2013 13:47:18

Veteran Phillips eyes Palace stay

Kevin Phillips has revealed he wants to sign a new deal at Crystal Palace and have one final crack at the Barclays Premier League.

The 39-year-old striker scored the extra-time penalty that secured play-off success against Watford at the end of last season and took Ian Holloway's side back to the top flight. Now a seasoned veteran, it was thought Phillips would not be required in the Premier League as Holloway looks to build a side capable of avoiding the drop.

But the former Sunderland forward wants to finish his career at the highest possible level, even if that means limited game time. "There has been a lot of rumours around and I've been offered a couple of really testing offers but, at this stage in my career, if there's any chance of staying in the Premier League then that is the place to be," Phillips told talkSPORT.

"I'm not sure if a Championship club can tempt me. I know what sort of role I'm going to be playing, it's a bit-part one, and I'd rather be doing it in the Premier League."

Phillips is currently available on a free transfer with his previous contract at Palace having now expired but he believes a new deal to keep him at Selhurst Park could soon be in place.

"Ian Holloway isn't afraid to use me," he added.

"He wants me at the football club and I want to stay. Hopefully we'll get it sorted by the end of the week."

Holloway is yet to add to his squad ahead of the new season but talks are believed to be ongoing with Peterborough for striker Dwight Gayle, with the fee rumoured to be in the region of £8.5million, including add-ons.


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