The England youth international initially made an impact with 12 appearances for the reserves in 2003-04 before turning out three times for the first team in pre-season friendlies last summer.
But few predicted what was to follow as Phil was thrown in at the deep end for his Premiership debut for the opener against Liverpool last August.
He did so well that he held onto his place for the next game at Newcastle before Noe Pamarot arrived and made the right-back slot his own for the first half of the season.
Phil featured once more at Burnley in the League Cup and played 15 times for the reserves in what he rightly saw as a progressive campaign.
“My targets were to get a regular reserve team place and see if I could get into the first team squad,” he reflected.
“I played 15 games for the reserves, three first team games and a few England games as well, so I have to be happy with my progression and development and hopefully next season I can take it a step further.
“The first day of the Premiership against Liverpool was a dream come true. It’s what you work for and I’m proud of that. It all happened so fast and it hit me quickly.
“That showed me what the quality of the Premiership is about. To play at Newcastle in front of 54,000 fans and win 1-0 was quite an achievement.
“I’ve had a taste of it, so that’s good experience and hopefully I’ll get another taste next season. All I can do is work hard.”
Phil Ifil is looking to push on again next season after achieving one of his footballing dreams at the tender age of 17 last season.