(loan) 11 appearances
(initially on loan) 113 (2) appearances
"I work six or seven days a week," the 35-year-old custodian told BBC Stoke.
"What it takes is complete, utter hard work and understanding the technique of how to play in goal."
Phillips insists that the same principles apply to the young keepers he now finds himself coaching at the Academy club's state-of-the art Reaseheath training ground.
"The basic technical aspects of keeping goal are very hard to absorb," he said. "But you've got to master it if you're going to make it."
"I'm always here when I don't have to be here. I go above and beyond the call of duty in the search to find that little gem, to try and help the club progress and make some money."
Bath-born Phillips has seen life at all the top levels of English football except the Premier League since making his Bristol City debut in December 1998.
After being relegated from the second tier in his first season with City, he was a Football League Trophy-winner at the Millennium Stadium in 2003, failing to make it back there for two finals in one season when they lost to Cardiff in the League One play-off semis.
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