John Egan

Ball on Egan move

by Stuart Vose

Bradford loan great for defender, says coach.

Under-21 coach Kevin Ball believes John Egan’s loan move to Bradford is another valuable part of his development.

The highly-rated defender has joined the Bantams until early January with Phil Parkinson’s side in the thick of the Npower League Two promotion race.

City also have a mouth-watering Capital One Cup quarter-final with Arsenal to look forward to and Ball believes the switch presents a great opportunity.

“It’s getting to the stage for some of the players now where they do need that challenge out in what I call the real world of football,” he added.

“John needs that challenge and good luck to him.

“You can play in the Academy and the under-21s which is a fantastic development opportunity, but John needs to go and pit his wits against seasoned, hard-nosed professionals.”

Parkinson watched Egan in action during the development squad’s win over Aston Villa last week before making an approach for the player.

And the level-headed Irishman jumped at the chance to head out, something Ball says is very much to his credit.

“The difference with John is that he’s very physically and mentally mature and he knows what he wants,” he explained.

“When I asked him about [the move] he just looked at me and said 'I want to play games'.

“He told me that he loves playing for the development squad and I love having him play, but I think the time has come for John to test himself again.”