Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of veteran striker Kevin Phillips on a one-year contract.
Having spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park, the evergreen frontman makes the switch a permanent one as he aims to use his experience to aide Ian Holloway and his side secure their status as a top-flight side.
Phillips said on making the switch: “I am absolutely delighted, I loved my time here at the end of last season and was always hoping to have another chance to play in the top flight. It’s unbelievable for me but I am really looking forward to it and hoping I can play a great part in the season ahead.
“Everyone I spoke to said to keep going as long as the fitness and hunger is there and that is certainly the case with me.”
Starting his career at Baldock Town as a defender before injuries saw him switch to a striking position, Phillips made the switch to the big time when he joined Watford in 1994, establishing himself in the second half of the 1994-95 season. The frontman would go on to score 24 goals in 59 appearances before leaving in 1997.
Phillips signed for newly relegated Sunderland in 1997 before going on to score 35 times for the North-Eastern club that season. He narrowly missed out on promotion with the Black Cats but the following season, despite injury, he was again prolific and helped elevate Sunderland back to top flight football.
The step up in level didn’t hinder the Hitchin born player in front of goal and he went on to win both the Premier League Golden Boot Award as well as the European Golden Boot Award.
His time at Sunderland finished in 2003 after 133 goals in 208 appearances. He moved to Southampton after Sunderland’s relegation in 2003 and in 2 years at the club he would score 22 goals in 64 appearances.
He had a relatively quiet season at Aston Villa in the 2005-06 season, scoring just 4 times in 23 appearances and moved to West Bromwich Albion in time for the following season and spent two years at the midlands club, scoring 38 goals in 71 matches.
In 2008 he joined Birmingham where he remained until 2011, scoring 19 times in 69 appearances. The move to Blackpool in 2011 saw him score 18 times in 56 appearances before his successful run in at the end of last season with Palace.
Phillips might turn 40 this week, but he still clearly believes he still has plenty to offer at the top level. Equally importantly, Palace do too.