AtTheMatch sit down with in-form Gillingham defender John Egan
In conversation with former Sunderland defender on his journey from Cork, Ireland to the Priestfield Stadium by AtTheMatch
The AtTheMatch team made the journey from our North London offices to Kent for an exclusive interview with Gillingham’s ever-present defender John Egan in Chatham, less than five minutes away from his Priestfield Stadium home.
With the Gills fighting for automatic promotion and title honours at the top of League One, it was only right AtTheMatch spoke to the one player earning rave reviews for his performances, which has seen the Irishman miss just two league games since the start of last season.
The former Sunderland man has notched up an impressive 80+ appearances and is within touching distance of double figures for goals since joining in July 2014.
The eloquent 23-year-old spoke about growing up in the Gaelic football and hurling frenzied Cork in Ireland, where he would carve out his first steps of his football career at Greenwood FC.
With his late father a famous and renowned Gaelic footballer in his native Ireland, and his mother a footballer in her time, too, it was only a matter of time before the sport came calling.
Snapped up by Sunderland in 2009, Egan spoke glowingly of his time at the Stadium of Light; which included vital and learning loan spells at Crystal Palace, Bradford City, Sheffield United and Southend United. The latter of which saw Egan suffer a season ending, and perhaps career defining leg-break, which would see him spend a spell on the sidelines.
Egan pinpointed a strong mentality was required to recover from that injury, which paved the way to perform consistently for Gillingham to help secure a 12th place finish last season and push for promotion this time around.
A proud Irishman, Egan grins with pleasure at wearing the Republic of Ireland green jersey at U17s, U19s and U21s level, retaining the belief and desire to earn a cap for the senior team.
At the tender age of 23, with 18 months of consistent performances under his belt, time is no doubt on his side.
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