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Steve Phillips eager to impress Crewe supporters

Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Steve Phillips
Phillips signed a one-year extension to his contract last season

Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips has blamed injuries for preventing him from showing Alex fans his best form.

The 33-year-old missed the start of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and started only two matches.

"I need to prove to the fans more than anybody else, because I played through a lot of pain with my shoulder injury," Phillips told BBC Radio Stoke.

"People have probably not seen the best of me at Crewe yet, and I'm looking forward to showing what I can do."

Phillips joined Crewe in November 2009 and played through the pain barrier for much of his first season with the League Two club.

With the former Bristol Rovers keeper sidelined, Chelsea loanee Rhys Taylor became manager Dario Gradi's first-choice goalkeeper last season.

Phillips will reclaim the number one spot at the start of the new campaign and he is relishing the opportunity.

"Having been through what I did last season and not playing many games, I'm looking forward to playing in all the games to be honest," said Phillips.

"It's the first season that I've not been number one at any stage during my career. It was ridiculously frustrating for me to watch from the sidelines."

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