Defender happy to bide his time.
Irish under-21 international John Egan is relishing the opportunity of working alongside the raft of experienced defenders at Sunderland.
Egan was handed a squad number ahead of the current campaign and enjoyed the chance to play a part in the Black Cats’ pre-season tour in South Korea.
However, as much as the 19 year-old savoured that experience, he admitted that he still has a lot of work to do to impress manager Martin O’Neill.
Egan told safc.com: “It was great to be given a squad number at the beginning of the season but there’s still a lot of hard work to be done in training to push and get in the actual squad.
“I’m just going to keep playing my football and hopefully keep improving and catch the manager’s eye.
“Pre-season was great, I got the chance to come on a few times and spend time with the first team and I really enjoyed that.
“Now it’s up to me to concentrate on getting in there on a regular basis.”
Egan, who scored the winning goal in the under-21’s victory over Stoke last week, revealed how working alongside senior members of the squad is a great opportunity for him to improve his own game.
“I was up next to John O’Shea, Carlos Cuellar and Lee Cattermole, who have all got loads of experience.” Egan continued. “That’s great for me.
“There are a lot of defenders at the club, but in my point of view it’s a lot more people to learn from - I try to take bits of their game and use it in my own.
“It’s great to get the chance to learn from them.”