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Republic FC acquires forward Kieran Phillips on loan from Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

By Staff, 04/12/24, 1:00PM EDT


24-year-old forward has made 91 senior appearances after competing for Huddersfield, Everton in youth ranks

Sacramento Republic FC has acquired English forward Kieran Phillips on loan from EFL Championship club Huddersfield Town A.F.C. | Photo courtesy Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Friday the club had acquired forward Kieran Phillips on loan from EFL Championship side Huddersfield Town A.F.C. The transaction is pending league and federation approval and receipt of Phillips’ P-1 Visa and ITC.

A Huddersfield native, Phillips has made 11 appearances for the Terriers while also spending time on loan at Walsall, Exeter City and most recently EFL League One club Shrewsbury Town, where he made 10 appearances across all competitions earlier this season. The 24-year-old has made 91 appearances at the senior level, recording 14 goals and three assists.

“This is an exciting day and a first step as we grow the relationship between these two great clubs,” said Kevin Nagle, Republic FC Chairman and CEO and owner of Huddersfield Town A.F.C. “Kieran is a talented young player that we think will be a good fit for Republic FC as the club pursues silver in USL Championship, and this loan is a great example of how we will continue to develop synergies both on and off the pitch.”

Phillips spent his early playing days in the youth system at his hometown club. He later moved to Everton F.C., where he remained for the bulk of his youth career. He signed his first pro contract with the Premier League club in 2019 after impressing at the U18 level, scoring 11 goals in 12 U18 Premier League matches in 2018-2019.

Phillips later returned to Huddersfield Town on loan from Everton in 2020, scoring six goals for the academy side before earning a contract with the Terriers club. He made his senior professional debut in January 2021. He spent the next three seasons in EFL League Two, first on loan to Walsall (four goals) and later with Exeter City where he scored two goals to help the squad earn promotion. He moved up to Morecambe in EFL League One in 2022, scoring seven times in 10 appearances. After one final loan to Shrewsbury Town in 2023, he was recalled by Huddersfield this past January.

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