Bradford City: Gaelic football taught me how to defend, says Sunderland loanee John Egan

Loan centre-half John Egan says he loves the physical side of the game

Loan centre-half John Egan says he loves the physical side of the game

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

John Egan believes Gaelic football has made him a natural centre half.

City’s on-loan Sunderland defender is still trying to carve out a career and make a name for himself.

But his late father, also called John, was one of the most famous players in Ireland’s traditional sport.

John Egan senior, nicknamed the Machine, was a member of the County Kerry team that swept all before them in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Tragically he died earlier this year.

His son could have followed in his footsteps but opted instead to try his luck with football. And he believes that grounding in the 15-a-side game is a definite advantage when it comes to defending.

Egan said: “You’re going up catching balls high above your head and you learn to use your body all the time shouldering people. It’s a natural progression.

“A lot of the players who come through academies are big but they don’t know how to use it. I think Gaelic football and hurling teaches you a lot in how best to do that.

“It’s great training for every centre half. I love the physical side of the game; the more physical the better.

“I played all the way until I left for England and it was a toss-up between Gaelic football and soccer.

“Obviously I chose to come over here to pursue a professional career because you can’t do that in Gaelic football. That had a part to play in it.”

Tuesday’s debut against Chesterfield was only Egan’s fourth senior outing after loan spells with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United last season. Working regularly under academy boss Kevin Ball, another centre half, at Sunderland has improved his game but Egan could not wait to get back out into the hurly-burly of first-team action.

He added: “Every player wants to be involved at a first-team level. Obviously chances are limited at Sunderland so I’ve got to look elsewhere.

“Reserves is good and we’ve been doing well in the new under-21 league but I just want to play at a first-team level. Bradford came in and I was more than happy to come down.

“I enjoyed Sheffield United, although unfortunately I didn’t play as much as I would have liked but that’s football. I liked working with Danny Wilson and it was a good experience.

“I don’t think there’s much difference between League One and Two. But to be fair it doesn’t really matter what division you are in if you’re playing football and getting your name out there.

“People are coming to watch you every week so you’re showing them what you can do. Being part of a first-team set-up is brilliant for any young player.”

Egan had only been with City for one proper training session before the Chesterfield game, when he played his part in the clean sheet.

He said: “It helped to break the ice with the lads with the first game coming so early. I’m happy with how it went and hopefully I can keep getting better.

“The more games the better so I can show people my ability and get stronger as each one goes on.”

Meanwhile, City will be launching an early-bird scheme for season tickets from next Monday.

Details will be revealed nearer the time but director of operations David Baldwin said: “This is the best deal you are going to get.”

Prices have historically jumped by around £50 when tickets are put back on sale around March. It is thought there is no plan for any flexi-cards at this point.

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8:48am Sat 10 Nov 12

doneBD4 says...

ffs, I'll be very lucky if I have the money in time for this "deal".

Christmas is coming you know!!
ffs, I'll be very lucky if I have the money in time for this "deal". Christmas is coming you know!! doneBD4
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9:11am Sat 10 Nov 12

Danger Mouse Bantam says...

I heard David Baldwin on the Pulse the other night regarding the Season Ticket deals..... There is the option to secure your ticket now at the reduced rate by paying half now and the remainder at the end of February!!
I heard David Baldwin on the Pulse the other night regarding the Season Ticket deals..... There is the option to secure your ticket now at the reduced rate by paying half now and the remainder at the end of February!! Danger Mouse Bantam
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9:29am Sat 10 Nov 12

bigang02 says...

yes i herd that 2 i think it is an excellent idea thats my xmas present sorted.
yes i herd that 2 i think it is an excellent idea thats my xmas present sorted. bigang02
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9:54am Sat 10 Nov 12

doneBD4 says...

The flexible friend will be used then, I mean I have to watch League 1 :-D
The flexible friend will be used then, I mean I have to watch League 1 :-D doneBD4
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9:57am Sat 10 Nov 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

I will deffo be buying my s/tkt as soon as they go on sale on the 19th. Sorry to bring up this Arsenal ticket lark but, I spoke to the t/o on thursday after the Scheme was announced. As we all know, we the tkt holders get priority and can purchase 1 + 1unreserved seat. I am on disaability and of course I get my ticket plus 1 free carer. I told them that I would like to buy my usual ticket plus a free carer and I would like to purchase 2 unreserved tickets for £20 each. They said no I can't do that because I already have a free carer. I told them that I dont want another freebie, I want to purchase 2 tks on my 2 s/tkts. they said no. I was very annoyed at this and I will go in person on Monday to sort this mess. As I understand it I hold 2 s/tkts and that qualifies me to buy 2 more. Even tho 1 of them is a free one for my carer, it's still classed as a s/tkt. What has upset me the most, is that a plastic city fan who has only been once to see city this season,( forget about commitments or cash, it's the principle) turns up for the exeter game, gets a voucher which enables him to purchase TWO tickets. I have had a s/t for the last 25yrs and I get treated like $hit. Is there anybody out there who is on Disability and holds 2 s/tks, one for himself and one for his carer? Try doing what I want to do and see what they say. My carers wife who is friends with Wendy who works for city is going to the office with me to sort this mess with me on Monday.
I will deffo be buying my s/tkt as soon as they go on sale on the 19th. Sorry to bring up this Arsenal ticket lark but, I spoke to the t/o on thursday after the Scheme was announced. As we all know, we the tkt holders get priority and can purchase 1 + 1unreserved seat. I am on disaability and of course I get my ticket plus 1 free carer. I told them that I would like to buy my usual ticket plus a free carer and I would like to purchase 2 unreserved tickets for £20 each. They said no I can't do that because I already have a free carer. I told them that I dont want another freebie, I want to purchase 2 tks on my 2 s/tkts. they said no. I was very annoyed at this and I will go in person on Monday to sort this mess. As I understand it I hold 2 s/tkts and that qualifies me to buy 2 more. Even tho 1 of them is a free one for my carer, it's still classed as a s/tkt. What has upset me the most, is that a plastic city fan who has only been once to see city this season,( forget about commitments or cash, it's the principle) turns up for the exeter game, gets a voucher which enables him to purchase TWO tickets. I have had a s/t for the last 25yrs and I get treated like $hit. Is there anybody out there who is on Disability and holds 2 s/tks, one for himself and one for his carer? Try doing what I want to do and see what they say. My carers wife who is friends with Wendy who works for city is going to the office with me to sort this mess with me on Monday. ALEXIMO.56.
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10:14am Sat 10 Nov 12

prince35 says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
I will deffo be buying my s/tkt as soon as they go on sale on the 19th. Sorry to bring up this Arsenal ticket lark but, I spoke to the t/o on thursday after the Scheme was announced. As we all know, we the tkt holders get priority and can purchase 1 + 1unreserved seat. I am on disaability and of course I get my ticket plus 1 free carer. I told them that I would like to buy my usual ticket plus a free carer and I would like to purchase 2 unreserved tickets for £20 each. They said no I can't do that because I already have a free carer. I told them that I dont want another freebie, I want to purchase 2 tks on my 2 s/tkts. they said no. I was very annoyed at this and I will go in person on Monday to sort this mess. As I understand it I hold 2 s/tkts and that qualifies me to buy 2 more. Even tho 1 of them is a free one for my carer, it's still classed as a s/tkt. What has upset me the most, is that a plastic city fan who has only been once to see city this season,( forget about commitments or cash, it's the principle) turns up for the exeter game, gets a voucher which enables him to purchase TWO tickets. I have had a s/t for the last 25yrs and I get treated like $hit. Is there anybody out there who is on Disability and holds 2 s/tks, one for himself and one for his carer? Try doing what I want to do and see what they say. My carers wife who is friends with Wendy who works for city is going to the office with me to sort this mess with me on Monday.
This sounds to me like the club are saying that the free s/tkt for your carer isn't going to be classed as a valid season tkt.
Seems wrong to me . We've decided to sit in the pub and watch on sky. I have season tkt for Midland road , it would apear that we will be moved to allow arsenal fans in. When I asked about bantams bar they out the price up by 5 quid . So my tkt would be 20 plus another 15 quid for bantams bar.
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: I will deffo be buying my s/tkt as soon as they go on sale on the 19th. Sorry to bring up this Arsenal ticket lark but, I spoke to the t/o on thursday after the Scheme was announced. As we all know, we the tkt holders get priority and can purchase 1 + 1unreserved seat. I am on disaability and of course I get my ticket plus 1 free carer. I told them that I would like to buy my usual ticket plus a free carer and I would like to purchase 2 unreserved tickets for £20 each. They said no I can't do that because I already have a free carer. I told them that I dont want another freebie, I want to purchase 2 tks on my 2 s/tkts. they said no. I was very annoyed at this and I will go in person on Monday to sort this mess. As I understand it I hold 2 s/tkts and that qualifies me to buy 2 more. Even tho 1 of them is a free one for my carer, it's still classed as a s/tkt. What has upset me the most, is that a plastic city fan who has only been once to see city this season,( forget about commitments or cash, it's the principle) turns up for the exeter game, gets a voucher which enables him to purchase TWO tickets. I have had a s/t for the last 25yrs and I get treated like $hit. Is there anybody out there who is on Disability and holds 2 s/tks, one for himself and one for his carer? Try doing what I want to do and see what they say. My carers wife who is friends with Wendy who works for city is going to the office with me to sort this mess with me on Monday.[/p][/quote]This sounds to me like the club are saying that the free s/tkt for your carer isn't going to be classed as a valid season tkt. Seems wrong to me . We've decided to sit in the pub and watch on sky. I have season tkt for Midland road , it would apear that we will be moved to allow arsenal fans in. When I asked about bantams bar they out the price up by 5 quid . So my tkt would be 20 plus another 15 quid for bantams bar. prince35
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10:31am Sat 10 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck John.....you should feel right at home at Bradford City FC as many of it's fans have an Irish connection. Good luck today to you and the rest of the lads down at Aldershot. ..

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WE SHOUT WITH PRIDE....WE NEVER HIDE.....CLARET AND AMBER...
Good luck John.....you should feel right at home at Bradford City FC as many of it's fans have an Irish connection. Good luck today to you and the rest of the lads down at Aldershot. .. ** WE SHOUT WITH PRIDE....WE NEVER HIDE.....CLARET AND AMBER... bcfc1903
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2:35pm Sat 10 Nov 12

balbrigganfc says...

Best of luck John, Roy Keane was another player from the Gaelic tradition. I don't think Roy played football till he got in his mid teens, and look what a great player he turned out to be. Hopefully you will do really well and enjoy your stay at VP, and who knows you might get a contract to stay.
Best of luck John, Roy Keane was another player from the Gaelic tradition. I don't think Roy played football till he got in his mid teens, and look what a great player he turned out to be. Hopefully you will do really well and enjoy your stay at VP, and who knows you might get a contract to stay. balbrigganfc
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12:03pm Sun 11 Nov 12

RuggerTyke says...

Seamus Coleman another and of course Eoin Morgan made the transition from Hurling to Cricket.

'Mon the Bantams.
Seamus Coleman another and of course Eoin Morgan made the transition from Hurling to Cricket. 'Mon the Bantams. RuggerTyke
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