New West Brom signing Matt Phillips discusses Pulis's notorious preseason schedule

QPR's Matt Phillips celebrates scoring their first goal

The winger arrived from QPR this summer, and is already settling in at the Baggies.

QPR's Matt Phillips in action with Huddersfield's Martin CranieMatt Phillips in action with Huddersfield's Martin Cranie

New West Bromwich Albion winger Matt Phillips has been speaking to the Express and Star about his first pre-season with the Baggies, and he was quick to underline just how tough manager Tony Pulis drives the players in preparation for the new season.

The ex Blackpool man finally completed his switch to the Hawthorns earlier this summer after Pulis had been chasing the Scotland international for a series of transfer windows, and he has got stuck straight into the training his new manager has set out for him.

"There’s nothing like getting a full pre-season behind you," Phillips said. "The gaffer’s pre-seasons are notorious now.

West Brom manager Tony PulisWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

"It’s good to get that in the legs and now it’s about the short, sharper stuff and getting plenty of minutes and match practice.”

The 25-year-old was delighted with the move, saying that being abroad with the squad in Austria helped him settle as quickly as possible, with matches in the Netherlands next on the agenda.

"It’s been great, the boys have welcomed me and I feel a part of it already," Phillips is quoted as saying in the Express and Star.

“There’s no real cliques. Everyone is among each other and I can’t speak highly enough of the boys. When you’re away out of the country it’s just you and your team-mates.

“It’s probably the easiest way to get among each other, learn and get to know each other. It was a good trip and now I look forward to Wednesday.”

QPR's Matt Phillips celebrates scoring their first goalMatt Phillips celebrates scoring for QPR

With QPR finishing in mid-table last season in the Championship, Phillips brought his three year spell at Loftus Road to an end, making 94 appearances for the Hoops and scoring 14 goals.

He will now be hoping to have an extended crack in the Premier League, having just two seasons in the top flight, one with QPR and one with Blackpool.

Phillips started his career at Wycombe Wanderers and has worked his way up through the leagues to become a powerful attacking player and regular fixture in Gordon Strachan's Scotland side. He won the last of his four caps in the defeat to Italy in May, and will know that a spell of good form with the Baggies will only give him more opportunities to impress on the biggest stages in club and international football.

QPR's Matt Phillips in action with Ipswich Town's Jonas Knudsen (L)Matt Phillips in action with Ipswich Town's Jonas Knudsen (L)

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