Phillips aiming to silence critics at Racing
December 7, 2013
Phillips is looking to get back on track with Racing © Getty Images
Mike Phillips insists he has a point to prove at new club Racing Metro, and knows there is no better way to make his mark than helping the club to silverware this season.
Since his controversial sacking by Bayonne last month Phillips has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Racing and will start on the bench for the club's crucial Heineken Cup clash against Harlequins this weekend. And after a stressful month Phillips admits he is relishing the opportunity to let his rugby do the talking once again.
"I will be playing with a point to prove and am really excited about this next chapter with Racing," Phillips told The Telegraph. "That is the way I will always be. I have never sat back at any time in my career. I want to win things and win games and I will always be that way and people know that.
"I can't comment too much about it [his dismissal from Bayonne] but I am moving ahead with legal proceedings so I think that says everything, doesn't it? It has been alleged that I have done something which I deny and I am taking the appropriate action."
Since his Bayonne departure Phillips has had Wales duty to occupy his attentions and he makes no secret of his desire to emulate the success he has recently experienced with the national team at club level. In Paris, Phillips will renew his British & Irish Lions partnership with fly-half Jonathan Sexton and also link up with Ronan O'Gara, who is on the coaching staff, and the 31-year-old admits the Ireland pair strongly influenced his decision to sign on the dotted line with Racing.
"I spoke at length with ROG [O'Gara] before I signed and he explained to me what the club was like and what their ambitions were and it was a big factor to me. They have big players here and want to win things and I want to be part of that," he added. "I have won things at international level but am really keen to win the big trophies at club level.
"I am feeling as fit as ever and while it might take a bit of time to settle in, I have played in France for a while now.
"It is a new group of players and a new environment but I am really excited and it helps that there are some familiar faces in the squad. It is great to be linking up with Jonny Sexton again, he is a world-class player. Now I just want to play well here and perform on the pitch when I am called upon."
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