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Decision time on future for Phillips.

Byline: ANDY HOWELL

MIKE PHILLIPS will today discover where his Ospreys' future lies as Scott Johnson gets ready to name his team for tomorrow night's big Magners League derby with the Blues.

The Lions star's position is shrouded in mystery following the Celtic champions' eyebrow-raising decision to sign Samoa ace Kahn Fotuali'i.

They have handed the promising Tom Isaacs a new contract and have another talented youngster in Rhys Webb on their books.

Webb wore No. 9 during last weekend's defeat at Edinburgh with Isaacs replacing him in the second half, Phillips having been left out of their matchday 22.

Wales scrum-half Phillips has three years remaining on the bumper pounds 1.4m Ospreys deal he signed only 15 months ago.

But the Western Mail revealed, in January this year, they were ready to listen to offers for the 28-year-old.

Phillips was the first Welsh player in a million-pound deal, but his star has waned this season with Ospreys coach Sean Holley earlier this week giving a strong indication they would be prepared to release him.

Phillips' representative Emanuele Palladino last night declined to discuss the thorny matter of the 51-times Wales capped No. 9s future.

If Phillips doesn't feature in the massive west versus east clash, it could suggest he is in rugby limbo ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand later this year.

Asked about Phillips' future, Holley replied: "Things will transpire over the course of the season."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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