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Phillips agrees Blues extension

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips will play on with Birmingham City for another season after putting pen to paper on a new 12-month contract.

The 36-year-old frontman scored four Premier League goals for the Blues last season while used mainly as a late substitute to take his tally to 18 in 62 appearances since joining from West Brom in 2008.

"There can be no doubting Kev's goalscoring prowess, which is something he's had throughout his career," manager Alex McLeish told the club's official website.

"Some people may ask why we've retained the services of a 36-year-old but let me tell you he's still extremely fit.

"Of course as any player gets older the legs go a little bit, but the reason Kev has still got it is because he plays with his head – he's got an instinct that means that more often than not he's in the right place at the right time. He's a natural-born finisher.

"He's also great to have around the dressing room because he's a tremendous character. He's bought into the idea of being an impact player for us if the team is under pressure."

McLeish has also bolstered his striking options with the capture of £6million Serbia striker Nikola Zigic from Valencia already this summer.

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