Phillips back with Rovers
Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope has confirmed keeper Steve Phillips failed to secure a move to Turkey.
Last Updated: 14/08/09 9:32pm
Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope has confirmed goalkeeper Steve Phillips is back at the club after failing to secure a move to Turkey.
Phillips had travelled to Turkey to discuss a deal with Ankaragucu earlier this week, but did not agree terms to link up with the likes of Darius Vassell.
Trollope signed Rhys Evans as cover at the Memorial Stadium and has also recently brought in Fraser Forster on loan from Newcastle United.
With such options at his disposal, Trollope acknowledged that Phillips faces a battle to reclaim the No.1 spot at the Memorial Stadium.
"Steve Phillips is back in training," Trollope told the club's official website. "The deal didn't happen in Turkey, so he is back with us and nothing has changed.
"We said before he went out that if he went we would wish him good luck in the rest of his career. It didn't work out for one reason or another, he is back training this morning, and there is competition now for the goalkeeping spot.
"We are open to a number of different things that could happen now. We spoke to Steve at length about the situation, we knew we needed to improve the goalkeeping department with competition, and that is why Fraser came in, and Rhys.
"Steve accepts that situation. In order to progress we need strength in depth, and we have three keepers in the building now and the competition is there."