Hibernian sign CJ Egan-Riley on loan from Burnley

CJ Egan-Riley has moved on loan (Hibernian FC)
PA Sport Staff

Hibernian have signed 20-year-old Burnley centre-back CJ Egan-Riley on loan for the remainder of the season.

The versatile former Manchester City player made three first-team appearances under Pep Guardiola before moving to Turf Moor last summer.

The England youth international has made six appearances since joining Vincent Kompany’s side and arrives in Leith days after Ryan Porteous moved to Watford.

Hibs manager Lee Johnson said: “CJ is a top young talent and we can’t wait to start working with him. He’s a player that Vincent Kompany took to Burnley after knowing his qualities from the Manchester City set-up.

“Due to Burnley’s positive form and performances this season, they have allowed him out to get important game-time and as soon as we knew he was available, we were quick to snap up the opportunity.

“He provides us with extra versatility playing as a centre-half, number six, and as a right-back. We see this as an opportunity to help us improve, but also as a huge opportunity for him to develop.”

Egan-Riley is excited to continue his football education in Edinburgh.

“I’m thrilled to get going,” he told Hibs TV. “It’s a great club, fantastic supporters, historic place, and I’m buzzing to get started and to get some games.

“It’s such a passionate city about football, a great heritage in football, and the chance to play more men’s games.

“The gaffer spoke to me and told me that he wanted me to be a big part of his plans, that I’d get games and learn my trade more.

“It’ll be different because the Scottish league is different to England, but I’m ready for that and to learn from it.

“I think I can step up and make an impact here and do well here. I want to learn and enjoy this.

“At this stage and this age, I feel ready that I can come into the men’s game and play week in, week out. I want to show everyone what I can do.”

The defender could make his debut in Tuesday’s cinch Premiership clash with Ross County in Dingwall after taking part in a light training session on Monday.

He added: “I’m not sure if I will start but I will be ready to come off the bench and if someone wakes up and they are ill and I have to start then I will be ready.

“I can’t wait to get out in front of the fans and show my team-mates what I am here to do.”

When asked what fans can expect from him, he said: “A technical ability and calmness in possession. Defensively I’m aware, read spaces well, but it’s all well and good me saying it, I know I need to show the fans that.”