SOUTHEND United midfielder Harry Phillips has signed a new two year deal with the Shrimpers.

The 22-year-old scored on his first team debut at Doncaster Rovers last season.

And Phillips is delighted to have extended an already lengthy spell with his hometown club.

“It’s always special to sign a new contract as I’ve been here for 15 years now,” said Phillips.

“This is my home club and I want to succeed here.

“It’s also great for the academy staff as they deserve great credit for the work there doing for their players.”

Phillips built on his debut at Doncaster by playing a huge part in Charlie Kelman’s goal against Lincoln City the following Saturday.

A knee injury has halted his progress since then.

But Phillips is keen to impress again next season.

“The injury was frustrating but I really enjoyed my taste of first team football and it has now made me hungrier to stay in the team,” said the Wickford based Phillips.

“I’ve worked very hard on my injury too.

“It’s been tough without treatment but I’ve done everything I’ve been told and more so I’ll be ready for when the new season starts.

And Phillips is determined to repay the loyalty the club have shown in him.

“I’m really happy to get the contract signed and to be a Southend United player for another two years,” said the midfielder.

“I’m grateful for the faith shown me in me in this difficult times and I want to become a first team regular now and be a key player.”

Phillips' deal includes the option of a further 12 months.