The 29 year old Sheffield United and Irish defender John Egan made a surprise visit back to his former club less than 24 hours after playing Luxembourg in Ireland’s final group game of the World Cup qualifiers.
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Egan started his footballing career at Cork city’s Greenwood FC when he was just 7 years old and makes it back there whenever he can.
The Sheffield United man set up an academy for children aged 5 to 10, who train on a Monday evening from 6pm-7pm, with around 120 kids attending every week.
Club Chairman Kieran McCoy told Cork Beo: “I arrived down to the academy and there he was training the under-7s team.
“I had no idea he was coming – training runs from 6 to 7 and he was still there at half past 7 taking pictures and signing autographs for the kids.
“John will always pop down to the club whenever he is at home in Cork,” he added.