Phillips eyeing Prem farewell

Fri, 18 May 13:18:46 2012

Kevin Phillips hopes to earn himself a top-flight swansong when Blackpool take on West Ham in Saturday's npower Championship play-off final.

Veteran striker Phillips will turn out for his fifth Barclays Premier League club if Ian Holloway's men can overcome the Hammers in the Wembley showpiece, having enjoyed his most productive season in front of goal since his Sunderland heyday a decade ago.

The 38-year-old, who has returned 17 goals in all competitions for the Seasiders during the present campaign, is already signed on for next term at Bloomfield Road and would ideally hang up his boots after one last stint at the pinnacle of the English game.

"By the time the season kicks off next year I'll be 39 and if it was in the Premier League I'd pretty much certainly, 99 per cent, call it a day at the end and look to move on to other things," said Phillips. "I certainly believe I could score goals in that league.

"It would be great to hang my boots up at the top, but if it doesn't happen I'll still give it another crack next year and try and help the team get promoted again."

 

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