IRISH teenager John Egan has targeted a first-team debut for Sunderland as his next aim after making the step-up to the first-team squad.
Defender Egan -- a lifelong Manchester United fan -- was in dreamland just before the international break when he got the nod from Steve Bruce and was drafted into the Black Cats' squad for their Premier League game against the champions at Old Trafford, and while Egan didn't get to play in the match, he hopes that his promotion to the bench by Bruce for such a big tie is a sign of things to come.
"I know I didn't get to play but to be there warming up in Old Trafford in front of 75,000 people for a Premier League game is something I'll never forget," Egan told the Herald.
"To be honest, I wasn't expecting to make it to that stage so soon in the season. I have been playing away in the reserves and doing well but I thought that a place in the first-team squad was still a bit ahead of me.
"But we were down a couple of defenders for the United game, especially with John O'Shea out injured, and on the Friday I got the call to get myself ready for the trip to Manchester.
"Even to travel with the first-team squad would have been amazing, but then when we got to the ground I was told I was on the bench and I was on such a high," added the teenager, a son of Kerry GAA legend John Egan.