Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legends Made Striking Impression on Waghorn; PHILLIPS AND QUINN THE BEST: MART

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legends Made Striking Impression on Waghorn; PHILLIPS AND QUINN THE BEST: MART

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Byline: STUART JAMIESON

FORMER Sunderland striker Martyn Waghorn watched Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn rattle in the goals at the Stadium of Light during his time as a ballboy with the club.

Yet while he admits he was too young to appreciate how good the pair were back then, he is under no illusions about their achievements for the Black Cats now.

South Shields-born Waghorn came through the ranks at Sunderland but left to join Leicester City. It was at the east Midlands club the North East striker - now back in the Scottish Premiership with Rangers - saw just how good Phillips was. Waghorn, now 26, said: "When I was a ballboy I was already a striker but I was just that bit too young to understand how Phillips and Quinn played and why they were so good.

"Looking back now, their partnership, was incredible. Their link-up was brilliant.

"For Phillips to score 30 goals for Sunderland in the Premier League was remarkable.

"It just shows how good they were.

"You don't appreciate how lucky you were to watch them.

I was too understand they were. "I was lucky Looking their was Martyn Phillips came to Leicester for a few months just before I left.

"He was strikers' coach for a bit and he still had it at 40. You could see the quality he had, his movement in training.

"He was so clever and it was then I could really understand and appreciate how good he was.

"I never told him I used to be a ballboy when he played, though.

"I think I was honestly starstruck by him from the moment he walked through the door!

young to why so good. back now, partnership, incredible.

"He was massive for me back then, watching him every week. So I was more overwhelmed with him being there." Waghorn also revealed he still has good friendships with two other graduates of Sunderland's academy - Jordan Henderson and Jack Colback. …

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