John Egan reveals area for improvement after breaking impressive Sheffield United record

John Egan has admitted he was unaware of his status as a Sheffield United record-holder, after insisting that the decision to join the Blades four years ago has paid dividends with club and country.
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Egan became the Blades’ then-record signing when he joined in a £4m deal from Brentford, which has proved money very well spent after helping United into the Premier League in his debut season at Bramall Lane.

The 29-year-old has also established himself at international level, wearing the captain’s armband while on Republic of Ireland duty and recently becoming the most-capped player in United’s history whilst at the club.

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Egan beat current teammate Enda Stevens, Billy Gillespie and Peter Ndlovu, who all won 25 international caps while at United, into second place after earning his 26th over the recent international break.

“I was unaware of that until now,” the defender admitted. “It’s surprising, but it’s a proud moment every time I play for Ireland, and playing for Sheffield United has helped me to do that.

“So I’m delighted to be the record holder. Doing the business at club level leads to international call-ups and recognition.

Sheffield United and Ireland's John Egan celebrates after scoring against Scotland during the recent international break (Alan Harvey / SNS Group)Sheffield United and Ireland's John Egan celebrates after scoring against Scotland during the recent international break (Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Sheffield United and Ireland's John Egan celebrates after scoring against Scotland during the recent international break (Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

“Coming to Sheffield United just over four years ago has helped me to kick on with the international team as well. So I owe a lot of that to Sheffield United.”

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Egan was in prolific form in front of goal over the recent international break, scoring against Scotland and Armenia, and is now keen to recreate that for his club side.

A relatively-reliable threat from set-pieces before he arrived at Bramall Lane, Egan has found the back of the net just five times in 178 appearances for the Blades – having registered a better goals-to-games ratio at previous clubs Brentford (six in 71) and Gillingham (11 in 92).

“The first was [against Scotland] was bittersweet because we lost the game,” Egan, whose last Blades goals came in a brace at Hull City last season, told SUTV. “But it’s always nice to score. We won the second game, so two in two is good.

“It’s always special to score for your country. And hopefully I can score a few for the Blades now.”