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Sheffield United trio give hope to every Irish youngster

Eamonn Sweeney


'Loan sharks' Egan, Stevens and McGoldrick flourishing after coming through the hard way

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Blades’ Irish brigade: John Egan scores against Burnley. Photo: PA

Blades’ Irish brigade: John Egan scores against Burnley. Photo: PA

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Blades’ Irish brigade: John Egan scores against Burnley. Photo: PA

John Egan's superb equaliser for Sheffield United against Burnley epitomised the incredible journey undergone by both player and club.

The goal means Egan has now scored in all four divisions of the English league system. It's a rare achievement in an era when Premier League clubs are more likely to augment their ranks from overseas than from sides further down the pyramid.

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David McGoldrick. Photo: 2020 Pool

David McGoldrick. Photo: 2020 Pool

2020 Pool

David McGoldrick. Photo: 2020 Pool

These days few players make the same kind of progress as Egan, who just six years ago was playing in League Two for Southend United on loan from Sunderland, who later released him.