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Egan: Follow in parent club's footsteps

1 April 2014

John Egan aiming for a date at Wembley, just like his parent club Sunderland, with Southend United this season

After watching his parent club enjoy a day out at Wembley, on loan defender John Egan is desperate to replicate that – and end up on the winning side.

Egan has impressed since joining on loan from Sunderland, who were beaten by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final, keeping four clean sheets in a row alongside Jakub Sokolik.

He has become good friends with his defensive partner off the pitch, and while he says they both want to impress their parent clubs during their spells at Roots Hall, they’re both desperate to help Southend United to Wembley.

John said: “I’ve had a great time here so far. I’ve loved every minute of it so I was delighted to extend the loan spell until the end of the season.

“Of course, I want to be playing games, but it’s not just about that – I want to help the team to Wembley and get Southend promoted.

“Jakub and I both want to impress our parent clubs, of course, but our main aims while we’re on loan here are helping Southend United win as many games as possible and try to win promotion.

“It has been a good couple of weeks for us on the pitch and it has put us back into a really good position in the league. Every game is a big one between now and the end of the season.

“I’m pleased with how I’ve done so far in the seven games I’ve played, but I just want to keep impressing between now and the end of the season.

“I’ve really enjoyed learning from Phil Brown, Dave Penney and Graham Coughlan. I’ve definitely come on a lot as a player already since coming here on loan.”

Blues have picked up four clean sheets in a row, aided by Egan and Sokolik as a defensive pairing. But the youngster was quick to pass the praise around the team.

He added: “The clean sheets are down to everyone. Obviously I’ve formed a good partnership with Jakub, but it’s about the whole team.

“We look very organised and solid, especially on Saturday against Torquay United. That was a massive three points for us, coming on the back of a great performance against Oxford united.

“We were resolute at the back and didn’t really allow them too many chances. As defenders you just want to pick up clean sheets, so that was another good game for us.”

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