Crewe number one Steve Phillips aims to justify status

Steve Phillips
Phillips has recovered from surgery to both shoulders

Steve Phillips is confident his return as first choice goalkeeper will improve Crewe Alexandra.

The 33-year-old found himself number two to on-loan keeper Rhys Taylor last term after returning from injury in a frustrating campaign.

But Phillips told BBC Radio Stoke : "I am a winner and I will show the fans that when the new season kicks off.

"I back my own ability and I know I will improve the team, I don't like letting goals in any games."

Phillips was restricted to just two league games last season after failing to regain his place from the Chelsea loanee.

The experienced goalkeeper originally joined Crewe Alexandra on loan from Bristol Rovers in November 2009 but made it a permanent move in the summer of 2010 after being released by his parent club.

Phillips has also won praise from his manager Dario Gradi, who said he believes the fans are set to see the best of the goalkeeper.

"He's not stopped working and in his own words he's first here and last away.

"He's really working very hard so all credit to him - he's giving it a real good go", Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke.

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