John Egan celebrated Sheffield United's promotion to the Premier League with gusto but he's determined to go into the top division with "no fear" alongside his Blades "band of brothers".
Leeds United's draw with Aston Villa at the end of April meant his side went up. They finished second in the Championship behind Norwich, and will be in with the big boys next season.
"You've got nothing to lose at the end of the day. What's the worst that can happen?" - John Egan is already relishing the chance to have a crack at the Premier League @Corktod #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/7xsOv7o4rv— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) May 23, 2019
Corkman Egan was right in the thick of the celebrations afterwards, with footage doing the rounds of the 26-year-old leading a mass sing-song. Now, he's focused on meeting the challenge of his first season in the Premier League head on.
"The celebrations were brilliant," he told RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue at the Republic of Ireland's training camp in Portugal.
"I was probably one of the quiet ones! That's saying something about the group of lads we have. We'd great craic. It was brilliant to be together and to share moments like that with a group of lads you genuinely like. We're a band of brothers.
"What we achieved was huge for the city and huge for us as a group of players and the manager. We've done our celebrating now.
"Next season will be a huge test. We'll be playing against some of the best teams in Europe, in the world. That's the level you want to be at. You want to be proving yourself against the likes of Man City and Man United, testing yourself against the best. It's going to be exciting.
"You can;t fear anything. You've got nothing to lose at the end of the day. What's the worst that can happen? You lose a game to top team. It's 11 against 11. You just have to keep the belief and stick to what you're good at."
Egan's long campaign continues as Ireland tune up their Euro 2020 qualification double header against Denmark next week and then Gibraltar in Dublin.
He said it's been relaxed in Faro, as the players take a breather before ramping up prep for two huge games.
"You have to enjoy it. The manager's big on that. We'd a good session yesterday. The lads were kind of eased in, there wasn't too much strain on the bodies after being off for a couple of weeks. It was good fun.
"Denmark are a good side. It'll be a tough game. But the work we do here and the work we do back in Dublin will have us 100% prepared for it."