Scotland international Matt Phillips has signed a new three-year deal with English Championship club West Brom.

The 16-cap winger is the longest-serving player at West Brom after joining in 2016, making 172 appearances to date. Phillips has featured sporadically in Steve Clarke’s Scotland plans since 2019 and will again fight for his place in the squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers. Scotland exited Euro 2020 at the group stages this summer.

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Phillips has signed a new deal with West Brom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

West Brom head coach said Valérien Ismaël said of the Scotland winger: “We have a front three – our ‘7’, ‘9’ and ‘11’ – and Matt can play all three. We have some players in the squad who are able to play many positions, and Matt is one of those players. He showed us early in pre-season that even the ‘9’ position is a position for him, I believe.

“He is very intelligent in terms of reflecting well, and he comes all the time to us for more videos, more information and how to solve problems. It shows, simply, his professionalism. This is exactly what we need. The right player, with the right mentality and with quality.

 

“If you are 18 or 30 it doesn’t matter, as long as you have the right mentality, the right focus and the desire on the pitch. I think that Matt is the perfect example for our way.”

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