Kevin Phillips says time at West Brom was 'two of the best years in his career'

Kevin Phillips has been discussing his move from Aston Villa to West Brom in 2006.

This summer saw Kevin Phillips retire from professional football after 20 years at he top of his game. He finished his career with Leicester City, where he is now a coach, and played with the likes of Watford, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Blackpool and most famously Sunderland during his career.

He also had a fruitful spell in the Midlands between 2005 and 2011 - playing for Aston Villa, West Brom and Birmingham City during his time in the region.

He first arrived at Villa from Southampton in a £1 million deal back in 2005. However injuries meant he never truly made the grade and ended up moving to West Brom after Martin O'Neill decided he was no longer a part of Villa's future plans.

With the two teams facing off in the Premier League this weekend the striker has been discussing that move to the official Aston Villa website. He admitted he could have stayed at Villa, but decided to join West Brom instead. A move he clearly does not regret:

"I could have stayed [at Aston Villa] but I decided to leave and joined West Brom. I made the decision.

"I look back and part of me wishes I'd stayed and fought for my place at Villa. But when the manager tells you you're not in his plans it's time to move on.

"Also, I wouldn't have had those two fantastic years at West Brom. That time I had at the Hawthorns were two of my best - in terms of pure football.

"What we achieved in terms of promotion, play-off final, cup semi-final, it was fantastic. I had great times there."

Phillips was a hero with The Baggies, scoring 38 league goals in 71 appearances, and it seems as though that it is with West Brom his allegiances will lie this weekend.

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