Defender Jake Phillips has joined Welling United from league South Margate
Phillips is a versatile defender who is able to play anywhere across the back four possessing a strong heading ability.
He was offered a scholarship with Tranmere Rovers in February 2012 and played reserve team football as a 16-year-old where he played in every fixture for the youth and reserves.
In the 2013/14 pre-season, he was involved in the majority of first-team friendlies and he played in every youth team and reserve fixture, captaining the youth and reserves on occasions at the age of only 17.
He also trained with the first-team on many occasions up until the beginning of January 2014 when he suffered an injury which kept him out the rest of the season but which he has fully recovered from in June 2014.
Phillips left Tranmere after narrowly missing out on a professional contract and joined Llandudno Town after training with National League and Welsh Premier clubs.
He decided to sign for Llandudno due to the ambition of the manager and the professionalism of the club and they finished with the lowest goals against and won the league by five points where he has established himself as a first-team player at the age of only 19.
During the summer of 2015, Phillips had interest from various clubs and had a trial with Scottish Championship side Livingston. After this he had the opportunity to trial with League One side Sheffield United and signed a one-year deal in August 2015.
He played twenty games for the Blades’ under-21 team, but at the end of January he cancelled his contract by mutual consent as he was told along with fourteen other professionals, that they were free to look for other clubs as their contracts would not be renewed at the end of the season.
Phillips signed for National League North side Brackley Town in March 2016 and then for Gate in January.