Garstang footballer swaps loan deal at Morecambe for a move to Accrington Stanley
Garstang footballer Adam Phillips has thanked everyone at Morecambe after an early end to his loan spell.
The Burnley midfielder had been due to be on loan with the Shrimps for the full season, only to leave the club on deadline day last week.
He was recalled by his parent club and opted to join Accrington Stanley on a similar basis for the remainder of the campaign.
The 23-year-old departed the Mazuma Stadium as the club’s top scorer this season with 10 goals to his name.
Writing on Twitter, Phillips said: “Would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved at Morecambe football club, the players,staff and fans! I enjoyed every moment I had at the club and made so many memories there that will stay with me for the rest of my career.
“Would like to wish them all the best for the rest of the season on there (sic) push for promotion. You have a great squad and are capable to have (sic) a great end to the season. All the best and thank you for everything.”
Phillips had been in his second loan spell with Morecambe after one last season.
Taking his two loans into account, he scored 14 goals in 44 appearances from the centre of midfield or out wide.
Morecambe boss Derek Adams had been disappointed to lose Phillips, especially given it had happened mid-afternoon on deadline day.
He said: “We didn’t envisage it happening that way because we had been in conversation with Adam’s agent and Burnley.
“It was Adam’s call. He wanted to go and test himself at a higher level.
“Burnley asked Adam what he wanted to do and he wanted to go to Accrington.
“As we know, Adam did very well for us last season when he first came on loan and then, this season as well.
“He’s improved dramatically. He’s helped us and we’ve helped him, and it’s a good move from the point of view that he gets to move up to League One, to a team pushing for promotion there, and leaves a team looking for promotion from League Two.”
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