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Mildenhall Town defender Casey Phillips already looking forward to next season

The current season may still have a few weeks left to run, but after a tough few months, Mildenhall Town defender Casey Phillips is already excited for next term.

Phillips – a summer signing from neighbouring Newmarket Town – made an early impression at Recreation Way, but in mid-September he was sidelined by a posterior cruciate knee ligament injury.

The recovery and rehabilitation process has been lengthy, but on Saturday the 25-year-old made his return to action with former club Haverhill Borough.

FOOTBALL - Haverhill Borough v Diss Town..Pictured: Casey Phillips (H)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (31256879)
FOOTBALL - Haverhill Borough v Diss Town..Pictured: Casey Phillips (H)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (31256879)

Phillips will spend the next month on loan with the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side before rejoining Mildenhall for the remainder of the campaign.

The centre-back is keen to build upon his form from before the injury, but he also has more than one eye on a successful 2020/21.

“Ricky (Cornish, Mildenhall manager) has been fantastic. He sold the club to me last summer and with Vowdy (assistant) there as well, the set up is fantastic,” he said.

"Butch (Luke Butcher, captain) has also been amazing. In a hard time for me he’s been texting to check to see if I’m all right and seeing how the rehab and injury has been going.

“The club is run so well and I cannot thank them enough for their help the last few months. They have helped with me with scans and treatment – not a lot of clubs at this level would do that.

“I cannot wait for next season. I feel a bit robbed this year because I made a good start, but that gives me something to build on.

“When you have six months out it shapes you, especially mentally. I feel stronger for the experience and hopefully I can continue where I left off.

“The squad Ricky has put together is strong and there is a real togetherness.

“I was at Histon the year before they won the Premier Division and it feels similar in the dressing room. It should be a big season and I cannot wait to get involved.”

In the meantime, it has been one win and one defeat for Mildenhall in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division during recent days.

On Saturday, James Hall (2, 1 penalty), Matt Green and Lawrence Hammond scored the goals in a 4-1 win at Swaffham Town.

And they appeared to be on course for another victory at home against Norwich United on Tuesday when a Ben Yeomans strike handed Ricky Cornish’s men a 1-0 half-time lead.

However, the visitors struck twice in the second half to seal all three points.

Eighth-placed Mildenhall will host Stanway Rovers on Saturday (3pm) and Newmarket Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).