Published: 15:30, 23 July 2021
| Updated: 16:10, 23 July 2021
Steve Evans has compared his latest addition to England international Kalvin Phillips.
Gillingham boss Evans worked with Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United and sees similarities in midfielder Daniel Phillips, the 20-year-old Watford player who has joined the club on a season-long loan.
Evans told the Gills: "I wouldn't expect many of our supporters to know much about the young man, but they will certainly know about Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and England, and if they want a comparison from me then there it is.
“Given he is much more inexperienced, and although younger than Kalvin, what a great benchmark for him to aim for.
“A number of clubs at the high end of League 1’s spending table were in talks with Watford, but I was delighted to get a call from the new technical director to say that our offer to bring this man on loan to the Gills was the preferred option.”
Phillips becomes Evans’ eighth summer addition and comes the same day that defender Rhys Bennett was announced.
The newcomer from Watford plays international football for Trinidad & Tobago and has been with the Hornets since playing for their under-14s, joining from Chelsea.
He made his first team debut for the club in September 2020 and finished last season with five appearances to his name. He made his international debut in March.
Watford's young goalkeeper Adam Parkes, meanwhile, has joined Dover Athletic.