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VIDEO: Cheltenham Town sign goalkeeper on loan from Charlton Athletic

6 July 2015

Gary Johnson makes ninth new signing of summer

Cheltenham Town have signed goalkeeper Dillon Phillips on a youth loan deal from Charlton Athletic which will run until January 2.

The 20-year-old has been training with the Robins and impressed Gary Johnson in a trial match at Winchcombe School last week, with the manager already fully aware of his potential.

Addicks academy graduate Phillips is described by Johnson as a '30-year-old 20-year-old' due to his maturity and authoritative style for such a young player.

"I am very pleased to bring Dillon here because he is a good keeper, who is highly rated at Charlton," Johnson said.

"He is certainly no shrinking violet. At 20 it's very difficult to get regular games in a Championship side so it suits him, us and Charlton for him to get regular games here.

"I have known of him for a while and he's done very well for Charlton's Under-21s. It's a youth loan, despite the fact he looks 30! The plan is for it to be for at least six months, which will give him an opportunity and he wants to get into the Cheltenham way of life, both on and off the pitch.

"He is a good lad and he will certainly let people know when they've made a mistake or if he's not happy with something and you don't usually get that from a keeper until the age of 26 or 28, but he has it already."

Phillips has previously spent time on loan at Whitehawk and Bishop's Stortford and has captained Charlton's Under-21 side.

He has now joined up with former teammate Jack Munns, who joined the Robins on a one-year deal following his departure from The Valley in May.

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