The latest player to re-sign for the 2020-21 season is 26 years old flanker Phill Mills who returned to the Fylde line-up against his old club Preston Grasshoppers on 21st December, initially on loan from Rossendale. He started eight games before the premature end of the season due to COVID-19 and impressed everyone at the Woodlands with his energy, strength, technical skills and pace.
Phill was a former Bolton RUFC junior playing as a hooker before joining ‘Hoppers and making his National League debut as an 18 year old in Sept 2011. He attended Myerscough College, took on a community coaching role at Lightfoot Green and playing 87 matches before joining Fylde in 2015-16. He made 21 appearances for the Club that season, almost all as a hooker. He returned to Hoppers for the 2016-17 campaign before moving on to Rossendale in 2017-18.
By now he had switched principally to the open side flanker role and was sufficiently impressive to earn a call up to Mark Nelson’s Lancashire squad for the County Championship in May 2018. His performances, including in the Twickenham Final, were noted at a national level and he was selected for the England Counties tour to Romania that summer. He also had a brief sabbatical with Canterbury in New Zealand.
Phill is currently an RFU Community Coach in the South Lancashire area.
Warren Spragg said: “Millsy’s return to the club gave us a great boost last season, adding even more dynamism to our back row options. I think he will kick on this season now that he is familiar with our style of play and be a real dominant presence in the league.”
Phill Mills said: “I’m really pleased at signing for Fylde for this upcoming campaign. There was a real buzz at the back end of last season when I arrived with a view to finishing in the top two places in National Two (North) and being in with a chance of a promotion playoff. Unfortunately with the current crisis that wasn’t to be but hopefully we can do the same this season to come. I very much enjoyed playing back at Fylde last season and there is a good bunch of lads in the team.”