Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:22/01/2008
Phil is a long-serving member of the playing staf having joined the club in January 2008.
He grew up as a Manchester United fan and fulfilled a childhood dream when he was taken on by the Red Devils.
While on the books at Old Trafford, Phil spent time on loan with Royal Antwerp, Rangers, Burnley, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
He made eight senior appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in all.
Sunderland bought Phil for £2m in January 2008 and he has featured regularly ever since, ending the 2011-12 season just four games short of 150 for the club in all competitions.
Phil won the club’s player of the season award in 2010-11, signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract during the same year.
Competition for places saw Phil in and out of the side in 2012-13 under first Martin O'Neill and then Paolo Di Canio, but he still finished the season with 21 appearances and one goal.
Although born and bred in Salford, Phil qualifies for Scotland through his father and has served well since making his international debut against world championship Spain in October 2010.
Cathy Smith and Even Lumley
- 22El-Hadji Ba
- 4Ki Sung-Yueng
- 6 Cabral
- 7Sebastian Larsson
- 8Craig Gardner
- 11Adam Johnson
- 14Jack Colback
- 15David Vaughan*
- 19David Moberg Karlsson
- 23Emanuele Giaccherini
- 33Lee Cattermole
- 35Charis Mavrias
- Alfred N'Diaye*