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Shortwood United move for Cheltenham Town trainee Josh Egan

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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FORMER Cheltenham Town trainee Josh Egan could make his Shortwood United debut at Bridgwater Town tomorrow.

The right-sided midfield player progressed through the Whaddon Road youth ranks before moving to Bath City and then Mangotsfield United.

A one-time target for then Premier League club Blackpool, Egan has agreed a switch that will see him link up with Wood ahead of their trip to Somerset.

Joint boss Alex Sykes said that Egan is likely to be the last incoming player to Meadowbank after a summer of upheaval.

“I was looking at the team we had out last Saturday at Swindon Supermarine and thought that we had as many as six new signings in the squad,” Sykes said.

“We have lost some quality with the likes of Marc Richards and Sam Avery moving on to Gloucester in a higher league and Jake Parrott leaving, but we’ve added quality too.

“We’ve got a really strong group of players and Josh will certainly add to that although it may now mean that we have to look at trimming the squad in the next couple of weeks.”

Shortwood bounced back from the shock of surrendering a 3-0 lead in their 4-3 defeat at Supermarine to draw with Stratford Town at Meadowbank on Tuesday night.

Sykes was happy with the performance from his players, who reacted to the defeat in positive fashion in a 1-1 draw.

“We were looking for a response from the team and the few lads that had made mistakes in the Supermarine game and we got that,” Sykes said.

“Now we need to go to Bridgwater and do the same, I know their manager Richard Fey really well and he’ll have them organised and up for the fight.

Wood will be without star striker Duncan Culley for a couple of weeks after he suffered a groin strain at Swindon Supermarine, while John Cant, James Coates and James Singh all remain sidelined.

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