Young defender reflects on his spell on the sidelines.
John Egan says he’ll “never take a day for granted again” as he continues his recovery from a serious injury.
The promising Republic of Ireland U21 international sustained a badly broken leg during a loan spell with Bradford back in November and ended up going under the knife.
Defender Egan has been rehabilitating since and was delighted to be able to sign a fresh one-year extension to his contract last week.
“The whole club has been fantastic,” he said. “It was tough having a setback like this but I’ll come out of it the other side stronger.
“I’m watching a lot more football now than I used to, and maybe I did take things for granted a bit when I was playing every week.
“I’m so eager to get back now. I won’t take a day for granted again in my career – I’m just very hungry to get back again.”
He added: “Obviously I’ve had a bit of a setback this year but I’m happy to get it all signed up now and I just have to concentrate on my rehab and getting back to full fitness as quickly as possible.”
With the security of another year’s deal under his belt, Egan can now concentrate on putting his injury behind him and resuming a promising career.
He was included in the senior squad for last summer’s trip to South Korea and was playing first-team football at Bradford before injury struck.
Now Egan is ready to get the momentum building once more.
“After the injury you feel like you’re back at zero but you’ve got to build up and get back to where you were,” he said.
“I’ll obviously be more eager than last year to impress people at the club; that’s what I have to strive for.
“It’s good to know I’ve got another year to prove myself. I just have to keep working hard in the gym and get back running and see where the wind takes me.”
Meanwhile Egan made his first trip to Wembley recently to cheer on Bradford against Swansea in the Capital One Cup final.
The League Two side suffered a defeat but Egan was proud of what his former team-mates achieved in reaching the showpiece occasion.
And he admits he feels a special connection with the Yorkshire club, forged in the aftermath of his unfortunate injury.
“I was delighted for Bradford with the way they went in the Capital One Cup,” he said.
“All the lads were great, the manager was great when they went down there. It is a really good club and I really enjoyed it.
“I was only there for two weeks and I felt a real part of it even though I was only there for a little while.
“The way they handled my injury was unreal, as were the fans – I’ll always look out for Bradford because of what they did for me.
“It’s a pity they didn’t win the cup but the final was great for the club and the fans.”