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Sat 05 August 2023, 10:00|Tottenham Hotspur

We are delighted to announce the signing of Ashley Phillips from Blackburn Rovers.

The centre-back has signed a deal with the Club that will run until 2028.

Ashley, 18, started his youth career at National League North side Curzon Ashton before joining Blackburn as a 12-year-old in 2017. The defender quickly progressed through the Rovers academy, featuring regularly for the Under-18s aged just 15 and making his Under-23s debut the following season. 

In 2021/22, he went on to make 11 appearances in Premier League 2 and spent most of the campaign training with the first team squad, making the bench for their FA Cup Third Round tie at Wigan Athletic in January, 2022.

Ashley’s first team debut came in a Carabao Cup Fourth Round win over Hartlepool United in August, 2022 – becoming the fourth youngest player in Blackburn’s history at 17 years and 45 days – and made his Championship debut against West Bromwich Albion a few days later.

The centre-back went on to make eight first team appearances in the league and a further six in cup competitions last term, with further recognition coming at the end of the 2022/23 season when he was awarded the LFE Championship Apprentice of the Season.

On the international stage, Ashley has represented England at Under-17 and Under-19 level, recently captaining the Under-18s against Norway at the International Tournament of Lisbon in June, 2023.