Phillips earns Crewe deal

Goalkeeper makes permananet Gresty Road move

Phillips: Crewe deal

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Goalkeeper Steve Phillips has signed a permanent deal with Crewe that will keep him at the club until 2012.

The 32-year-old spent most of last season on loan at Gresty Road from Bristol Rovers and the club have now tied him down on a permanent basis.

Phillips, who started his career at Rovers' rivals Bristol City, impressed in his time with Crewe, making the No.1 jersey his own and was happy to join the Railwaymen after being released by Rovers at the end of last season.

He will miss the start of the season after undergoing a shoulder operation to rectify an injury which sidelined him for the final three games of last term.

Phillips is expected to return in September where he will fight to reclaim the starting spot as the last line of defence.