Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod has paid tribute to the impact of Kevin Phillips on his own career.
The pair have previously played together during their time at Southampton, and whilst the former Sunderland striker has taken the headlines with his goals for the club, Ormerod has quietly impressed with consistent performances.
After relegation from the Barclays Premier League last term, the arrival of Phillips has provided a boost at Bloomfield Road, and the club are handily positioned after a solid start to the new campaign.
“I have known Kev for quite a few years now, and I’ve always stated publicly that he is one of the best players I’ve played with. He is fantastic, a proper goalscorer," said Oremerod.
“His all-round game is also magnificent, and I have always said that give him chances and he will score goals. It doesn’t surprise me that he has already done that at Blackpool.
“He has scored goals all through his career, and he is a superb addition to our squad. It is also good for me because it shows you can carry on playing for a few years as well. Kev might be 38, but he is as fit as anyone. He is a fantastic role model for any young player.
“You only have to look at the way he looks after himself and conducts himself – he is a credit to himself and his family. He is magnificent lad, and has had a brilliant career. He is someone we can all look up to, even me. I look up to him.”
Expected to play only a bit-part for Ian Holloway's side this term, Ormerod himself has been surprised to be a regular at this stage in the Npower Championship season.
However, the 34-year-old is confident that he can maintain his level of performance for the Tangerines, and has no plans to give up his spot in the side's starting xi.
“I’m confident when I’m playing well that I can challenge as much as anyone at this club. If I didn’t feel that I wouldn’t have re-signed in the summer. From a personal point of view, I was pleased to start the season in the team because it is always nice to do that, to get the nod from the manager," he continued.
“But it is a long season, so I’m sure the gaffer will be using all the lads he has brought in.”
"In general it has been a good start for both myself and the team. We’ve got confidence and we’ve got goals throughout our team. Everyone knows that."