Sunday 23 October 2016

Egan targets Irish future

League One

Ireland's John Egan
Ireland's John Egan

Former Ireland U21 cap John Egan is in line for a move to the Championship after he formally cut his ties with League One outfit Gillingham.

Egan, 23, was the subject of interest from Championship sides mid-way through last season but he stayed on to try and help Gillingham get promoted. But that promotion bid failed and the Cork-born player has turned down the offer of a new deal from the Gills and will move on, Brentford already linked with Egan. Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh admitted his disappointment at losing the highly-rated defender.

"Myself and the chairman did everything we could to keep John here. The chairman made him a good offer and there is nothing more we could have done," he said.

"The only thing more would have been if we got promoted, which unfortunately didn't happen. I know John is an ambitious guy but it never affected his performances and I never held it against him. He goes with our thanks and we wish him all the best in the future."

His form with Gillingham saw him voted onto League One's team of the year by his fellow professionals and the defender, son of the late Kerry GAA great of the same name, has expressed his desire to play in a higher division and also progress at international level.

"If I am playing at a higher level next season I can do something with Ireland as the senior squad is definitely a goal of mine," Egan told The Herald last month.

"If I am playing well next season on a big stage I see no reason why I can't even aim for the squad at least."

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