New contract for Dillon Phillips
On the day we were reminded or, perhaps it was news to some, that Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson’s contract expires at the end of the season, good news followed that Dillon Phillips has signed a new contract with the club.
Phillips penned a new deal that will keep him at The Valley until 2021 which hopefully will inspire others to follow in his footsteps.
Phillips started the season as Addicks’ number 1, but was then replaced by Jed Steer. When Steer was recalled by Aston Villa, Phillips was thrust back into the first team.
Chris Maxwell was then signed on loan from Preston, but Phillips has kept his place and performed well. After season’s of having loan players in goal it is good to see a permanent fixture, and of course one of our own.
Obviously I hope that other young players follow Dillon’s example for the sake of a continuing “future” for the Club beyond Duchatelet. The cynic inside me – or the realist – can also see that extending contracts to the younger players gives the Belgian an opportunity to sell them at a later date. After all, that was always his intended strategy from the outset. It was not seen as important to produce a squad of talented young players, aided by astute acquisitions, to bring success to the Club. Pray that he sells the Club soon. I hope the delay has nothing to do with him exacting “punishment” on the fans who dared protest over his terrible and illogical mismanagement.