Aylesbury footballer Matt Phillips is targeting promotion to the Premier League after signing for Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £4 million.
The 22-year-old winger, born and raised in Bedgrove, has signed a four-year contract at Loftus Road.
Phillips, a Scottish international who has previously had spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Sheffield United and Blackpool, described Rangers as a club with ‘huge ambition’.
Rangers have made a good start to the Championship campaign under Harry Redknapp and look likely to be in the mix for a return to the big time, where the former Grange pupil Phillips played with Blackpool in 2010/11.
During that time he earned rave reviews from pundits such as Alan Shearer who tipped him for great things.
Relegation, a succession of different managers and unfortunate injuries meant things have not quite panned out that way.
But the cousin of FA Cup hero Emmerson Boyce, also from Aylesbury, says he is focused on reestablishing himself among the elite and cannot wait to get started.
He said: “The direction in which the club is heading, with the signings that have already been made this summer makes it seem like the perfect time to come here.
“I can’t wait to play for Harry Redknapp and I’m relishing the opportunity to play for this club.
“I would like to thank everyone at Blackpool and especially the fans who supported me because I had a good three years there!
“But I am delighted to be joining QPR and can’t wait to get started and going for promotion.”