Rising star Corry Evans admits he is counting down the days until he can follow in his big brother’s footsteps.
Jonny Evans is now a firmly established star with both Manchester United and Northern Ireland — holding two positions that Corry currently craves.
There are plenty of similarities between the two.
Corry is also a rising star at Old Trafford and has also made his full international debut as a fresh 18-year-old.
Rather than sibling rivalry, Corry has nothing but praise for his brother and reveals that he dreams of the day of he can run out along side Jonny in a Northern Ireland shirt.
“As a family it has always been a dream for Jonny and myself to run out at Windsor Park side-by-side,” he admits.
“It's also a great ambition for us ourselves to play for Northern Ireland together at the same time.
“Longer term I would obviously love to do the same at Manchester United and play alongside Jonny there as well.
“Jonny and I always try to pass on positive feedback on each other's game and to have a brother who plays for Northern Ireland and Man United, it makes you want to be up there even more.
“He's a great role model, not only for myself but for all young players coming through and I'm very proud of him.”
Jonny has recently been subject to interest from Barcelona, with the Catalan giants reportedly preparing a £12million bid.
A year ago he had a big decision to make to stay at Old Trafford or take the chance of first team football at Sunderland.
Corry reveals Jonny was relieved he stayed with the Red Devils, in what proved to be his breakthrough season.
“Jonny I'm sure is glad he made that decision now, it was tough for him last summer because he wanted to play first team football,” Corry adds.
“United have two outstanding centre halfs and he wanted to play every week in the Premier League.
“However he showed last year that he can make the grade at Untied and had a really good season.
“There are some outstanding role models at Old Trafford, like Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
“They have been there and done it at the very highest level and they always pass on their experience.”
Corry, who turned 19 on the eve of Northern Ireland retaining the Elite Section of the Milk Cup last month, is hoping he can progress through the ranks as quickly as Jonny has.
He captained the national squad to three victories inside a week against Germany, Bulgaria and Denmark.
It was also done under the watchful eye of senior boss Nigel Worthington, who spent the week with Steve Beaglehole’s boys.
Worthington gave Corry his first taste of senior international football against Italy in June and Evans is in a big hurry to repeat the experience.
“It's always a big boost to know the national team manager is there and it shows great dedication,” he said.
“It also shows that he has great belief in the youth and the next generation coming through the ranks.
“Obviously that offers a massive incentive to do well for whatever age group you're at, because you see with Ryan McGivern and Andy Little that the chance is there for you.
“It makes sure players are on their best behaviour and put in their best performances when you know Nigel is there.
“The core of this group know each other from schoolboy football, so it's always nice to get together and get the friendly banter going again.
“There is a good team spirit among the lads and that bodes well and helps to push us on.
“I played against Italy and it was a good experience, so I just want to keep my head down and hopefully get back into the squad for more caps.
“Hopefully I can establish myself in club football, whether at United or on loan, and then have the opportunity to impress Nigel.
“First team experience should stand me in good stead for that.”
As Corry heads back to Old Trafford he has revealed that a loan move is on the horizon.
He is hoping a move on the short-term will help his long-term prospects under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Sir Alex has said that when he feels the time is right and the right club comes along then I will most likely go on loan.
“Whether it is when I go back or in the New Year, I'm not sure.
“As well as Jonny, there have been other players who have come through the youth teams at United like Danny Wellbeck and Federico Macheda who have shown it can be done.
“They've both shone on first team stage and showed that Sir Alex Ferguson still has faith in his young players.”
With some many similarities between the two brothers, Corry may not have to wait too long for Nigel Worthington to come calling once more.
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