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John Egan prepares for Sunderland departure

Sunderland defender John Egan is weighing up his future as he comes off contract.

Sunderland are yet to formally announce Egan's departure, but the centre-half admits he has been told by Under-21 coach Kevin Ball that his contract is not being renewed.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "I can't say I was surprised at the news by that stage.

"I'd trained regularly with the first-team under the two previous managers when I was fit, so I knew this manager had made up his mind on me when I wasn't even doing that this season.

"I was frozen out. There was no interaction with the manager and I found that very different.

"Right now, it's all about getting Southend promoted and then I'll think about my next move.

"This doesn't change my belief that I can play at the highest level. If I didn't think that, I wouldn't stay in England."

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