Egan joins Bradford as Noble returns to Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND defender John Egan completed a loan move to Bradford City today.

The paperwork on Egan’s two-month switch to Valley Parade was signed and sealed this morning in time for the 20-year-old (pictured) to train with the Bantams, potentially ahead of a debut in tomorrow’s League Two clash with Chesterfield.

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson has been eager to boost his back-line after former Middlesbrough defender Andrew Davies joined fellow centre-half Luke Oliver on the long-term injury list.

And after seeing Egan in action for Sunderland’s Under-21s in last Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, Parkinson moved to take the Irishman on loan.

Parkinson said today: “John’s decent in the air and competitive. He’s a good defender, is comfortable on the ball and I like the look of him.

“I’ve done my homework on him and heard that his commitment is first class. That’s what our supporters want to see.

“He’s someone who is going to have a real go.

“We’ve got players here with terrific attitudes and it’s so important we get someone who can blend in with the squad. I think he’s a good acquisition.”

This is the third loan switch to the Football League for Cork-born Egan after making a combined three appearances during month-long stints with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United last season.

But a move to the Capital One Cup quarter-finalists offers Egan the best chance yet of playing regular competitive football after emerging as one of the most consistent performers for Sunderland’s second string over the last two seasons.

Egan was handed a first-team squad number by Martin O’Neill at the start of the season and was an unused substitute for the Capital One Cup third round victory at MK Dons.

And despite injuries to Egan’s fellow centre-halves Titus Bramble and Wes Brown, O’Neill has allowed the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international to gain some vital experience down the football pyramid.

Meanwhile, Ryan Noble’s second spell at Hartlepool United is over.

The 21-year-old today returned to Sunderland following a one-month loan stay.

In that time, Noble has made eight appearances, scoring just one goal.

It was the striker’s second loan spell with Pools, having netted twice from nine outings towards the back end of last season.

But Noble struggled for form during his first few games back at Victoria Park and had only picked up in recent matches, including his wonder strike in the 2-1 defeat at Bury.