Egan, Brentford sign replacement for Jake Bidwell

Brentford sign replacement for Jake Bidwell

Brentford have very quickly found their replacement for Jake Bidwell after completing the signing for John Egan from Gillingham on a free transfer, as confirmed by the club website.

The Bees lost one of their key defenders earlier in the day when Bidwell completed his transfer to West London rivals Brentford and desperately needed to get a new defender in. They didn’t waste no time getting that man after they got Egan to sign a three year contract with the club.

Egan became a Gillingham player back in 2014 after his release from Sunderland soon became a key player in the centre of that defence. Things for the Gills especially improved when he formed a potent partnership with Max Ehmer and helped them get close to a play off spot last season, though a disappointing end to the year saw them nosedive during the last few months of the campaign.

After Egan signed for the club, head coach Dean Smith said: “John is someone we believe can come in and challenge for a place in the team. I watched him a lot when he was at Sunderland and when he went out on loan. He is a proper centre back and has a hunger to keep the ball out of the net. He is a good defender and a good footballer as well. He is also a leader and we want to keep adding leaders to the squad.”

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