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Veteran Phillips to consider his future before jumping the gun to join Palace

Crystal Palace hero Kevin Phillips will not rush into signing a contract with the promoted club.

The 39-year old striker scored the only goal - a penalty in extra-time - as the Eagles beat Watford 1-0 in the Premier League promotion playoff on Monday whilst on loan from Blackpool.

Palace boss Ian Holloway has made it clear he would love to sign Phillips to again join him at Selhurst Park but the ex-Sunderland, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City ace wants to enjoy a holiday before deciding on his future.

"Whether it's my last game or not, I doubt it will be, but it's probably my last chance at Wembley," said Phillips. "I'm pretty much sure I will carry on in some capacity. Where? I don't know.

"I'm just going to go on holiday now and relax. I don't want to be making a decision in the next couple of days that I'll regret.

"We'll see what happens, I've had a couple of offers already but I haven't said yes or no.

"I'm not daft, if something was offered to me (by Palace) then I'd have to consider it without a shadow. But I've got to make the right decision because of the commute - I'm still based in the Midlands.

"But, yes, that would make me the oldest outfield player in the Premier League.

"It would be a dream, if anyone asked me when I started out at 20 whether I'd still be playing at 40, I'd have said no. It (Premier League football) would be a big lure, let's put it that way."

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Andrew Slevison
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