Nathaniel Phillips arrived at the academy just before the start of the 2016-17 season following a successful trial.
A towering centre-back, Nat was previously with Bolton Wanderers where he spent many years with their academy.
Nat is a very brave defender who will put his body on the line for the team cause.
After missing a large part of 2017-18 through a back injury, Phillips returned to enjoy a strong end to the campaign.
Neil Critchley awarded him the captain's armband at U23 level and he also found himself regularly training with the first-team squad at Melwood.