Bees tie up defensive deals

Legge steps up from non-league as Phillips secures future

Phillips: Happy to stay

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Brentford have snapped up non-league defender Leon Legge and secured Mark Phillips on a new contract.

Legge has agreed a one-year deal at Griffin Park, with the option of a further 12 months, and joins the League One new boys from Tonbridge Angels.

The centre-half was watched on several occasions by the Bees last season and is eager to make the most of his opportunity in the Football League.

"I've wanted to make the step up to league football for years," Legge told the club's official website. "I've had plenty of trials over the years and it's brilliant that now I've achieved this. It's my birthday this week, so it's the perfect present.

"I had a good season last year at centre-back and scored a few goals too - I didn't know it, but the gaffer had watched me nine times overall, so I must have been doing something right!"

Meanwhile, fellow centre-half Phillips, who joined Brentford last summer after being released by Millwall, has signed a new one-year contract with the option of a further season.

Phillips said: "I'm really happy with how things have turned out. The negotiations took a while, but there was no panic and I'm pleased to be staying at the club.

"Last season was a transitional year for me personally and I'm really looking forward to playing in League One next season."