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Interview: Egan to get going

27 February 2014

New loan signing John Egan on his arrival at Southend United on loan from Sunderland

New loan signing John Egan says he’s here to make a big impression and help Southend United rediscover their form.

Egan joined on loan from Sunderland on Thursday, and the 21-year-old will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

And the 21-year-old was delighted to be given the opportunity to come to Blues and get some first-team action.

He said: “I was buzzing when I was first asked to come down a day or so ago to Southend United.

“I’ve not played first team football in a while so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I just want to help the club up the table and rediscover their form after what has been a bit of a dip in form.

“I didn’t sense any signs that the players were down during my first day, and they all seem confident of getting back on a good run.

“Since September I’ve been playing under-21 football with Sunderland after recovering from a serious injury.

“So I am delighted to be back playing again and can’t wait to get stuck in for Southend. Hopefully I can take my chance.”

Egan describes himself as a no-nonsense central defender, but says he likes to get the ball down and play out from the back at the same time.

He said: “I’m no-nonsense in my approach, I like heading it and getting tackles in there.

“I feel I bring a bit on the ball too and am more than happy to take the ball to feet and build up from the back.

“If I do have to get stuck in and roll up my sleeves I’m more than happy to do just that.”

Having had a loan spell with Bradford City last season, and played for the Republic of Ireland’s youth sides, Egan knows a couple of Blues’ players who have helped him settle.

“I know Will Atkinson from Bradford City and I have played with Conor Clifford in the youth teams for the Republic of Ireland,” he added.

“It’s nice to be able to know a couple of people when you first come in because it makes it a lot easier to settle in.

“All the lads have made me welcome and I’m really looking forward to getting started against Wycombe on Saturday.”

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