Moss Rose switch per­fect for Jimmy

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHELDAN KEAY

NEW Mac­cles­field Town sign­ing Jimmy Phillips be­lieves he is join­ing the per­fect club for him af­ter he ar­rived on loan from Gateshead.

The 26-year-old will stay at the Moss Rose for the next month and adds depth to a mid­field that has been plagued with in­juries over the past few weeks.

He was set to be in the squad that took on Dover on Satur­day be­fore that game was called off, but he’s ex­cited to be part of the Silk­men for the near fu­ture.

“I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter move re­ally, as soon as I got the call I knew it was the right place to come and I’m de­lighted to have signed up,” he said.

“I’m chomp­ing at the bit re­ally. I can’t wait to get out there and hope­fully we can push up the ta­ble be­cause we are in a great po­si­tion in the league.

“When we played against Mac­cles­field ear­lier in the sea­son I was im­pressed with the foot­ball they played and also it means I’m mov­ing back home, so it re­ally is the per­fect move for me.”

Phillips be­gan his ca­reer with Premier League side Stoke City, be­fore go­ing on to spend six years with Bur­ton Al­bion.

He made over 120 ap­pear­ances for the Brew­ers dur­ing his time at the Pirelli Sta­dium, scor­ing three goals.

Phillips joined Na­tional League ri­vals Gateshead last year, but has found chances lim­ited in re­cent weeks since the ar­rival of new boss Neil Aspin.

He is look­ing for­ward to show­ing just what he can do at Mac­cles­field though, and in­sists he will of­fer a lot to the team.

“I like to think I’m a cre­ative player, I can play on the wing, cen­tre mid­field or even be­hind the striker,” he said.

“I’m some­one who can get hold of the ball and keep the ball for the team and hope­fully cre­ate chances. I just want to play as much foot­ball as pos­si­ble per­son­ally, so we will have to see how it goes.”

Phillips could make his first ap­pear­ance for Mac­cles­field on Satur­day when they host Wrex­ham at the Moss Rose.

Lewis Arnold

●● Jimmy Phillips dur­ing his Gateshead days

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