Phillips’ move to Essendon means the Blues and Bombers have signed off on a trade together for the first time in 16 years, as the Dons sent picks 57 and 70 to Carlton for the 28-year-old.
The Blues sent picks 61 and 72 back to Essendon for Phillips.
The ruckman played 16 games for the Blues in 2016, but has only played 11 games since.
“We’re pleased to welcome Andrew Phillips to the red and black family,” Essendon’s General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro told essendonfc.com.au.
“We have been transparent about our desire to add another ruckman to our list, and Andrew is a talented tap ruckman.
Trade paperwork lodged: Essendon has traded selection 57 (on-traded from West Coast) and selection 70 to Carlton for Andrew Phillips and selection 61 (on-traded from Hawthorn) and selection 72.
— AFL House (@AFL_House) October 16, 2019