Son Of Late Kerry GAA Legend Makes It Into A PFA Team Of The Year

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John Egan senior and junior. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

John Egan senior and junior. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

FORMER Kerry great John Egan’s son is doing his late father proud on soccer pitches in England.

Twenty-three year old John Egan is one of only four Irish players to be named in a PFA Team of the Season. The Gillingham defender was picked on the League One PFA Team of the Season while his club hunt for a play-off spot to the Championship.

Though the younger John Egan grew up in Cork this did not stop him being an affirmed Kerry fan.

Six-time All-Ireland senior medal winner John Egan passed away in 2012 just as son John’s soccer career was beginning to take off. Since moving to Gillingham in 2014 he has made 90 appearances for the side scoring 10 goals from centre-half.

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The former Sunderland trainee was on the scoresheet last Wednesday night at Rochdale which helped Gillingham earn an important 1-1 draw.

On Saturday the Kent club dropped outside of the last play off spot after losing to Shrewsbury at home. They lie a point behind Barnsley with two games left.

Gillingham boss, Peter Taylor signed the Republic of Ireland U21 International on a free transfer in July 2014 following his release by Premier League side Sunderland.

The centre-half signed a two year deal having attracted interest from a number of clubs, including Blackburn Rovers. He never made a first team appearance at the Stadium of Light but enjoyed loan spells at Bradford, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

During the 2013-14 season John went out on loan again, this time to Southend, where he made 15 appearances and scored one goal.

He has represented the Republic of Ireland U21 side on six occasions.

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