Young Sunderland duo John Egan and David Ferguson have joined Southend United and Boston United respectively on emergency loan deals as they look to play regular first team football.
Egan has joined League Two side Southend for a month, his first loan since a spell at Bradford City was cruelly ended by a double leg break in a game against Plymouth Argyle in November 2012. Since then he has slowly regained fitness and has been a regular fixture in the Development Squad of late, including captaining the side in his last appearance, a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Monday. 21-year-old central defender Egan has also had loan spells at Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.
Southend manager Phil Brown was happy about the signing of Egan after his side suffered injury problems;
John is the type of defender I like to have in my side, and I'm sure he'll fit straight in.
He's a no-nonsense type of defender but at the same time he can get the ball down and play out from the back.
The chairman has allowed us to move to bring someone in because of the injuries to current defenders.
John will have a couple of days now to train with us and prepare for the Wycombe game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has joined Liam Agnew on loan at Skrill North side Boston United. Left back Ferguson joined the club he supports from Darlington in 2012 and has been a regular in the Sunderland u21s ever since. Boston also boast the services of former Sunderland right back Liam Marrs in their squad.
Egan and Ferguson are both available to make their debut at the weekend against Wycombe Wanderers and Hednesford Town respectively.