Delighted to sign permanently for @htafc.— Kieran Phillips (@K_phillips9) July 13, 2020
I would like to thank everyone at Everton for everything over the past 7 years. Especially the academy physios who worked with me day in day out to get me back on the pitch. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/pPCgmRYxBe
Kieran's time at Everton, since joining at age 13 from The Terriers, was blighted by a horrific knee injury in 2016 — a double fracture damaging both cartilage and bone — that surgeons were initially fearful he would never play again.
But intensive work with the Everton physios at Finch Farm over an unprecedented 2½ years of rehabilitation finally got him into playing shape once again.
However, he would only play a couple of friendlies for the Under-23s and make subs on a couple of occasions during the first half of the 2019-20 season, before he joined Jonas Lössl going back on loan to Huddersfield Town academy in January.
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1 Posted 14/07/2020 at 11:51:24
The odd thing about this story is he really came back with a bang in the 2018-19 season, for the Under-18s, scoring 15 goals in total for them, to earn his 1-year professional contract that expired last month.
The odd thing is, he then hardly played a game for either the Under-18s or the Under-23s during the first half of this Covid-blighted season, before he went off on loan to Huddersfield Town's academy in January. Maybe he just couldn't cut it with the U23s?
Phill Thompson usually has some great insights on this sort of thing Phill?
2 Posted 14/07/2020 at 11:57:33
3 Posted 14/07/2020 at 12:07:51
Either way, he's started with the U23s in August with little game time last year under his belt. So yes I'd agree he didn't cut it with the U23s, and we can't keep them all, but I just feel that others like Manasse Mampala got more of chance. I'd be delighted if he came back to prove us wrong.
4 Posted 14/07/2020 at 12:12:51
5 Posted 14/07/2020 at 17:47:02
It's nice that he is so appreciative of the club and would, no doubt, have given his best efforts if ever called upon, unlike some others I could mention on 10 times the wages.
Best wishes and good luck Kieran. Hope you have a long and successful career.
6 Posted 14/07/2020 at 18:22:29
I sincerely hope all goes well for him at Huddersfield and he carves out a good career for himself.
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