The Ospreys have announced that prize asset scrum-half Mike Phillips had signed a four-year contract with the region. It is thought that the Ospreys had to fight off interest from Several French and English Clubs aswell as the Stormers in South Africa.
The news brings an end to speculation surrounding the future of a player who has been at the Ospreys since joining in the summer of 2007, making his debut in a 13-13 Magners League draw against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in October that year, following his delayed arrival at the Liberty Stadium due to his involvement in the Rugby World Cup.
Capped 38 times by Wales and three times by the Lions, 27-year old Phillips (who wears Adidas Predator X rugby boots) has recently returned from an injury lay-off after suffering ligament damage in the win over Clermont Auvergne at the Liberty Stadium last October, coming off the bench in the recent Magners League game against Connacht.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time as an Osprey over the last three seasons and I’m pleased that I’ve been able to agree a new contract,” said Phillips, who will stay in Swansea until 2014.
“With my future sorted, it means that I can just concentrate now on getting myself up to speed for some of the big games that we’ve got coming up.
“We have ambitions to be among the best sides in Europe, we aren’t there yet but we are heading in the right direction. With the set-up here, everything is in place to go all the way and I’m excited about the future for the Ospreys. There’s a lot of expectations on us, but that’s something that we just have to live with.”
“The Ospreys have helped me to develop as a player no end over the last three years, the improvement in my game has allowed me to represent Wales and the Lions while I’ve been here.
“I want to further my international career with Wales over the next few years and get on the next Lions tour, and if I’m going to achieve those longer term aims, then the Ospreys and the coaches here will clearly be a big factor in that, like they have been with everything I’ve achieved since coming here.”