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Irish pair confident of safe return

14 May 2020

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Irish duo Enda Stevens and John Egan are backing the Premier League to work closely with the Government and relevant authorities to ensure the Premier League can make a 'safe return' in the coming weeks.

Speaking via Skype to the local media earlier this week, Stevens remarked: "You have to have confidence in the people behind the scenes that they will come up with a plan. It's going to be tough for them to come up with one, but you've got to have the confidence that they will.

"Whatever plan they come up with, our players will buy into it. Personally, if it gets us that bit closer to a football pitch then I'm happy. I think we need to listen to the right people; they will guide us.

"Everyone I've spoken to is keen on coming back. It's been difficult over the past month or so to see how it will come back. They might be making an announcement, so that's something to look forward to and I think a lot of footballers will want to get back to training, routines and hopefully have games to look forward.

"The majority of footballers will be looking forward to it, but it has to be proven that it will be safe and that's the biggest challenge for the Premier League at the minute."

Egan emphasised the point of his Irish colleague, adding: "We want to be back playing games, it's our job but obviously it's got to be safe to do that.

"With the Premier League, they're going to have specialists in every area and they'll be getting the best possible advice they can.

"Once they make a plan with the safest way to do it, then for me and our club, we want the season to resume and I'm sure they'll come up with a way that's safe to do so.

"After speaking with the lads, the consensus is that we're ready to finish the league. We've got a team that has trained really hard while this has been going on and we have the hunger to get back."

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