English-born midfielder Daniel Phillips, an 18-year-old who is eligible to represent Trinidad and Tobago has secured a professional contract with English club Watford.
Phillips was offered the two-year pro deal after impressing during his time in the club’s youth set-up.
Phillips was named 2018/19 academy Player of the Season and was rewarded with the contract.
Eligible for T&T through his father who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, Phillips has already expressed a keen interest in representing this country. He showed up at Wrexham in March to witness this country’s international friendly with Wales and met with members of the T&T contingent after the 1-0 defeat.
His father David Roger Edward Phillips was born in Port of Spain while his mother Leonora was born in Bristol before moving to Trinidad at age 3 where she resided until age 33. Phillips is also the cousin of former T&T defender Ian Cox who was a member of the 2006 World Cup squad. His grandfather of the late Captain Archilus Phillips of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
Young Phillips was born in Enfield, North London.
“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play international football and get the international experience,” Phillips told TTFA Media. “To get the chance to test myself at the international level is something I’m looking forward to,” he added.
Phillips is described by Watford as “ A central midfield player who joined the club as an Under-14, Phillips is very comfortable on the ball and has good technique. He breaks lines in possession very well, creating attacking opportunities for the team.”
Photo at top shows Daniel Phillip (in yellow strip) in action for Watford’s youth team.