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Egbri learning two languages during season postponement

7 April 2020

Terrell Egbri was on the scoresheet in Southend’s 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers a month ago today before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the season.

And to keep himself busy during the enforced break from the football calendar, the 18-year-old has been learning French and Spanish while also trying to keep fit.

It had been a breakthrough few months prior to the league’s postponement, capped off by his goal to put Blues 2-1 in front at Roots Hall against the Pirates on March 7.

And the Academy graduate says he is always trying to improve, whether that’s with his football or at other areas.

"Health comes first and while this is going on it’s important to stay at home, use your one form of exercise a day by yourself, then go home.

"This is a really crucial time because most people have got a lot of time on their hands because we’re all at home.

"For me I don’t see it as a time just to go on the PlayStation. I’m thinking about how I can improve every day and working on my weaknesses.

"So right now I’m trying to learn two new languages, French and Spanish, to use my time wisely whilst at home.”

Egbri also gave an insight into how he’s trying to incorporate as much as he can into his exercises.

"I’m doing a lot of running and stretching,” he added.

"When I’ve been out running I’ve been taking a ball so at the end of the run I can do some kick ups and pass the ball against a wall and bits like that really.

"At home I have some weights I can use which I like to do with my dad because he’s big into his gym stuff too.”

Despite having his breakthrough season halted, Egbri said it’s nice to be able to spend time with his family back in Brixton.

"My mum is still working because she works in Waitrose so I stay at home with my little brother and play a bit of football when we can, watch a bit of Netflix with my sister and me and my dad use the weights to get a bit of gym work done.

"Me and my mum spend time together when I pick her up from work everyday because I don’t want her taking the bus.

"Even though my little brother asks to play him at FIFA I’m trying to stay off that as much as possible and use my time more wisely.

"When we’re in the season, because I’m in digs, and I don’t have this time so in that way it’s quite nice even though what’s happening isn’t.”


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