The future of Dillon Phillips at Charlton Athletic was the hot topic of conversation for a number of months during the summer transfer window.
The goalkeeper caught the eye with a number of impressive performances for the Addicks in the 2019/20 season, but he was frozen out of the starting XI for Lee Bowyer’s side in League One this term with his future ‘up in the air’.
Phillips eventually finalised his Charlton exit, as he moved to Championship side Cardiff City, where he’ll be hoping to force his way into Neil Harris’ team at the earliest of opportunities.
Speaking in an interview with London News Online, Phillips wouldn’t rule out not returning to Charlton in the future, and claimed that he owes them a lot.
“You never know in football, our paths may cross again. I’d never say never about going back to Charlton.
“If the circumstances were right then I’d go back in a heartbeat. Charlton has been a big part of my life and I owe them a lot. They taught me how to play football. My whole family thank them as well.”
“People don’t understand – 17 years at a club is well over two-thirds of my life. It wasn’t easy to leave at all. It was quite emotional leaving but I’m also really excited. I feel I’ve got to grow up, go and live somewhere else and be a man.
“I massively enjoyed my time at Charlton. It’s been home for me. It will always feel like that. It will take some times to adjust to my new surroundings at Cardiff.”
Phillips and his Cardiff City team-mates are set to return to action in midweek, when they take on Derby County, in what could be a tricky test for the Bluebirds.
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This is an interesting admission.
Phillips was a great servant to Charlton Athletic over the years, and really impressed me with his performances between the posts for the Addicks last season.
He was more than deserving of a move to a Championship club as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to force his way into the Cardiff City starting XI in the near future.
Something clearly went on behind the scenes whilst he was at Charlton, and the club’s supporters will be somewhat pleased with his recent comments on a potential return to The Valley.