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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Callum Phillips out to make early impression at Workington Town

Callum Phillips is set to mount a challenge for a place in promoted Workington Town’s Championship team – just months after leaving the amateur ranks.

Callum Phillips photo
Callum Phillips

The former Seaton half-back has not been awed by his conversion to the pro scene in pre-season training, and coach Gary Charlton reckons he is capable of staking a claim for selection.

“Callum’s a cheeky lad, just what you want in a half-back,” said Charlton. “He’s got that swagger about him, which is good to see, and the lad can play rugby as well.

“He has good feet and is quick off the mark, and after a good pre-season we will see a different Callum Phillips again.

“Our lads have looked after themselves in the off-season and you can see it in training. They know the step up to the Championship will be a big challenge, and they are as fit as I’ve seen them at this stage.”

The 21-year-old, capped 17 times for Great Britain Community Lions Under-18s, is unlikely to face competition for a shirt from west Cumbrian Marc Bainbridge, who has not penned a new deal at Derwent Park.

“The offer was there to come and negotiate, but he hasn’t got back to us,” the coach added. “He’s a steady player, and you need people like that in your squad. We take it that he has moved on.”

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