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Bears sign former NRL star Phillips

Bears sign Simon Phillips from Norths devils

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Coventry Bears are pleased to announce the signing of Simon Phillips from Australian Intrust Super Cup side Norths Devils.

Brisbane born Simon, 30, has a wealth of experience having previously played for North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL as well as amassing over 200 Queensland Cup appearances for Wynnum Seagulls and most recently Norths Devils.

Bears Head Coach Tom Tsang commented, "When the opportunity to sign Simon arose, it was a no-brainer for us to have him involved with our club. He is a hugely experienced campaigner and can play a number of positions so I'm sure he will prove to be a fantastic addition to the squad."

Earmarked from an early age as a player of the future Simon was only in his second year out of school when he made his NRL debut.  However 2003 was an unfortunate year for Simon breaking his ankle and having to return to Brisbane as a result.  Although it wasn’t long until Simon was back at his try scoring best scoring the most tries in the QLD Cup in season 2005.  

Impressive performances continued in 06 and 07 and Phillips was rewarded with Queensland Residents selection as well as Wynnum Player of the Year in 07. In 2007 Simon also managed to break the record for the most amount of tackles made in a single QLD Cup game- setting the new mark at 61. 08 and 09 also proved successful with Simon receiving more accolades from peers and coaches alike. 

Simon made the decision to retire from football at 26 to start his family and pursue some business interests but after 3 years away from the game, itchy feet got the better of him and he returned, playing a season at Norths Devils in Brisbane.

"I'm very excited about pulling on a jersey for the Bears, as my wife is from Coventry so I feel it's my second home. So far every dealing I've had with the club has been nothing but professional, so from this I'm sure we will be professional on the park." said Phillips.

"The future of this club is very bright and I'm looking forward to big things and taking some silverware home in 2015."

Simon will arrive in the UK over Christmas and link up with the squad in the New Year. "We're really looking forward to him and his family arriving in Coventry and having him integrate into the team. We will look for him to add quality to our sessions and help bring on the younger players with his experience." added Tsang.

Alan Robinson