Michael Phillips hopes to play a big part at Maidstone after negotiating his exit from Crystal Palace.

Phillips secured an early release from the final few months of his Eagles contract in order to join the Stones.
He played against Liverpool and West Brom in the pre-season Asia Cup under Frank de Boer and also made the bench under Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson.

But a competitive debut eluded him and with no new contract offer on the table, the 20-year-old decided it was time to leave and play men’s football. It can’t have been an easy decision, having joined Palace aged seven, but it’s one Phillips felt was necessary for his career.

A goalscoring midfielder who can also play at the back, he offers plenty of options.

Phillips said: “Palace weren’t offering a contract for next season so I decided to try and get paid up to get into men’s football instead of playing under-23s. That’s what you need.

“My agent phoned me and said Maidstone’s interested, and a few others, but I decided to come to Maidstone.

“I was in and around the first team at the age of 17, went to Hong Kong with the first team under Frank de Boer, played against Liverpool and West Brom and went on tour to France and played then.”

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