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20 November 2014

Gillingham defender John Egan looking forward to returning to former club Bradford City

John Egan says he is looking forward to returning to Bradford at the weekend after enjoying a brief loan spell at Valley Parade earlier in his career.

The centre-back joined Bradford in November 2012 from Sunderland on a two month loan deal; however he would only make four appearances after suffering a broken leg in a home match against Plymouth.

The Gills defender is preparing to head back to Valley Parade with Peter Taylor's men seeking back to back league wins.

Speaking on Thursday morning he said: “I was there a couple of years ago, it’s a terrific club with terrific fans and when I was there in League Two they were still getting well above 10,000 each game which is a huge following.

“I was meant to be there a few months but unfortunately after a couple of weeks my loan spell was cut short with a broken leg and it was a hard time.

“I just jumped up for a header and it’s infact two years to the day. I landed awkwardly and it was just one of those things, I was very unfortunate and it was a long process to get back.

“One thing I’ll never forget though is the way the Bradford fans helped me to bounce back – they sang me off the pitch and it meant a lot to me. I received lots of letters from fans saying `get well soon` and that all helped me and I can’t thank them enough for that.”

Egan says the players will enjoy the atmosphere that the fans create and is hoping for a third straight win in all competitions.

He said:  “You love going to these places with the big stadiums and it will be great for all of us on Saturday, hopefully we can get our heads down and put in a good performance to get the win.

“We’ve won two games on the bounce now and we want more. We haven’t been doing well enough in the last couple of months, we know we are better than that and we need to go on the pitch and prove it.”

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