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On-loan keeper Steve Phillips ready to settle at Crewe

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips played nine games in his first loan spell with Crewe Alexandra

Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips has said he is ready to settle at the club after an uncertain few months.

The 31-year-old has extended his loan at Crewe from Bristol Rovers until May, after spending two months with Shrewsbury at the start of the season.

Phillips told BBC Radio Stoke: "I'm a family-orientated person, but in the last four months I've seen my family once a week and it's been difficult."

"I'm happy that I can get them up here full-time and I can settle down."

He added: "My life is my family and football, in that order. I don't think you can put anything in front of your family, but I put it alongside it.

"If you ask any professional footballer, that will be the case because it's a fantastic job.

"My family understand the situation with me at the moment and I've been very lucky to live in Bristol for 13 seasons, but it will be nice to get out of the city and have a bit of a quieter life."

Phillips, who previously played over 300 games for Bristol City, has agreed to stay at the Alexandra Stadium after a successful initial two-month loan spell.

He had hoped to sign a permanent deal with Crewe, but he could not agree a settlement for the rest of his contract with Rovers.

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see also
Crewe offer contract to Phillips
22 Dec 09 |  Crewe
Phillips looks for permanent deal
16 Dec 09 |  Crewe
Crewe aim to extend Phillips loan
04 Dec 09 |  Crewe
Rovers exit saddens Crewe keeper
04 Nov 09 |  Crewe
Crewe wrap up Phillips loan deal
02 Nov 09 |  Crewe

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