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Phillips Scoops Academy Player of the Year

13 May 2015

Academy midfielder Michael Phillips has won the Paul Brookes Academy Player of the Year award at the club's 2015 Awards Night.

Phillips ended the season as top scorer for the under-18 side, netting an impressive 13 goals in 26 appearances for Ken Gillard's side to help him clinch the prize at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

The 17-year-old has played in a variety of positions for the Eagles this season, starting as a temporary centre-back before his goalscoring exploits saw him given a striking berth at times. He also filled in as an emergency goalkeeper in the latter stages of a game against Crewe Alexandra where he saved a last minute penalty to win the game for his side.

His fine form this term saw him moved up into the development side for the last few weeks of the season, playing in three of their final four matches of the campaign.

There was further joy for his under-18s and development teammate Kian Flanagan who was handed the Oasis Shirley Park Player of the Year award.

The 15-year-old broke into the academy side at the back of the season, playing four times, and quickly impressed under-21 boss Gary Issott who gave him two games at that level despite his young age.

He was rewarded by signing a scholarship with the Eagles, meaning he will feature much more regularly for the under-18s next season.

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