U23s midfielder Adam Phillips aims to push for first-team chance at Norwich City after joining from Liverpool
(C)James Bass 2017
Catching the eye of first-team boss Daniel Farke will be the aim for young midfielder Adam Phillips at Norwich City this season.
The 19-year-old joined the Canaries this summer after being released by Liverpool and was a bright spark as City’s under-23s won 3-0 in a friendly at Lowestoft Town.
He fired home a low shot from the edge of the area to put the visitors 2-0 up on Tuesday night, following on from a chance to impress in training with the senior squad.
“It’s always the aim for all the lads in the 23s, to try and impress the first-team manager and get a chance,” said Phillips.
“Luckily a few of the lads were given the chance to train with the first team this week and I think we all did pretty well, so definitely aiming to get a shot in the first team.
“Sometimes you get a bit nervous but once you get on the ball and start training with them, the first-team lads know what you’re about and welcome you in.”
Phillips was with Liverpool for 10 years but a stress fracture in his back held up his progress with the Premier League giants. He also spent time on trial at West Ham and Reading this summer before signing a two-year deal with City, with the club having the option of a further 12 months.
“My back didn’t help,” the youngster explained. “I had a stress fracture in my back and was out for six months nearly, wasn’t playing, getting frustrated and then I had the opportunity to come here.
“It’s an injury that comes over time, so you don’t feel it straight away and you think you can play on with it and then it gets worse but eventually you do just have to stop and just rest it.”
His decision to move to Norfolk was helped by the presence of sporting director Stuart Webber, who was previously at Liverpool’s academy, joining as senior national scout in 2009 and being promoted to director of recruitment in 2011 – before going on to senior roles at QPR, Wolves and Huddersfield.
Phillips added: “I heard a lot of good things about the club, I think Stuart Webber obviously helped a bit but I felt if I came here I might get a chance with the first team and to show what I can do, play regular football with the under-23s, which I’ve been doing.
“It’s a great club as well, a great fan-base.”
The youngster enjoyed his evening’s work against Lowestoft as well, ahead of a trip to Newcastle for the young Canaries on Monday, for their next Premier League Two fixture.
“It was good, everyone knew what we would be up against and first half we played well, got on with it and dealt with their long ball, and won the game comfortably in the end,” Phillips continued.
“I was happy to get on the score-sheet, I was playing a bit higher up the pitch, normally I play a bit deeper and I like getting assists but I was happy to score.”
He added: “I think we’re getting used to playing out from the back now, the lads are getting more confident with it than kicking it up (the pitch) but sometimes you do have to kick it up, but we’re starting to realise when is the right time to play out from the back, which is good.”