Phillips swaps Watford FC for loan with England League One club, Gillingham

Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Daniel Phillips will spend the upcoming season at England League One club Gillingham FC, after being sent out on loan by Premier League-bound Watford FC.

Phillips, 20, is a Watford Academy player who barely featured in his club’s first team during their Championship stint last season. As such, his move to Gillingham represents an opportunity to play competitively in England.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Daniel Phillips (left) tries to get his shot off despite pressure from The Bahamas midfielder Logan Russell during 2022 World Cup qualifying action in Nassau on 5 June 2021.
(via TTFA Media)

Last week, the Soca Warriors player was one of six Watford youths who were offered contracts by the ‘Hornets’.

“It shows the club has faith in me and I think it’s an opportunity to push on and prove myself that I can be a player at this club,” Phillips told the Watford FC website. “My family are so happy and really proud and I just need to prove myself at first-team level now.

“I want to go out on loan, stay fit this time and get a good run of games under my belt.”

KFC Munch Pack

Phillips, who was born in England to Trinidad and Tobago parents, first indicated his willingness to represent the Soca Warriors in 2019, while still a teenager. It was another two years before he won first cap under head coach Terry Fenwick, during the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying series.

The stocky box-to-box midfielder has three international caps at present. He was not selected for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup tournament by interim head coach Angus Eve.

Photo: (From left) Andre Fortune II, Daniel Phillips and Duane Muckette warm up for the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team in Santo Domingo on 8 June 2021.
(via TTFA Media)

Gillingham, who play in the third tier of the English game, once employed Trinidad and Tobago 2006 World Cup players Kelvin Jack and Brent Sancho. Jack, who still lives near to the club, was assistant coach and goalkeeper coach of the Men’s National Senior Team during Phillips’ international outings thus far.

More from Wired868
Eve blames finances and airline mixup as T&T train without Molino, Hackshaw and Alvin

Trinidad and Tobago began preparation for the King’s Cup in Thailand with just 16 players, after attacking midfielder Kevin Molino, Read more

Eve, Powder, Hackshaw among 10 no-shows as T&T face Nicaragua with 19-member squad

On Tuesday morning, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) announced 28 players who would represent the Men’s National Senior Read more

Joevin, Bateau, Paul named in 28-man T&T squad for Nations League, but no Molino, no Moore

Versatile flanker Joevin Jones, central defender Sheldon Bateau, midfielders Leston Paul and Daniel Phillips and right-back Shannon Gomez are set Read more

Eve ready to unleash ‘Lobo’; discusses Griffith, Joevin, Warriors reboot… and Black Stalin

Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team interim head coach Angus Eve looks set to turn to maverick 30-year-old forward Read more

Nassau nightmare! Trinidad and Tobago eliminated from 2022 W/Cup by 201st ranked The Bahamas

‘This is the way the world ends,’ wrote TS Eliot, in his immortal poem The Hollow Men. ‘Not with a bang but a Read more

Unleashing Levi, tactical hiccups and that penalty; Wired868 talks to Joevin and Bateau

For footballers, returning to your club after an international match window is akin to slipping back into work after taking Read more

About Editor

Check Also

Eve blames finances and airline mixup as T&T train without Molino, Hackshaw and Alvin

Trinidad and Tobago began preparation for the King’s Cup in Thailand with just 16 players, …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.