Having had a blistering start to the 2017 season following a breakout year in 2016, it is no wonder Cork City’s Sean Maguire has attracted admirers from England.
With eight goals to his name already this term, which included a five-game scoring streak at the start of the campaign, Maguire is now justifiably considered the League of Ireland’s hottest talent.
This fine form has led to the most notable show of interest in the ex-West Ham man yet with Preston North End boss Simin Grayson turning up at Richmond Park last Friday night to witness the striker play in the flesh against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
While Maguire failed to make it onto the scoresheet, City’s top marksman did pull off a delightful assist for the southern club’s second highest goalscorer, Karl Sheppard, for John Caulfield’s team’s second goal.
The reason Grayson was there was obvious for all to see, however he has since kept his cards close to his chest regarding actually making a move for the striker, who this week it was reported has a release clause of just €150,000.
Speaking to the Lancashire Post, the 47-year-old had this to say:
“We know quite a bit about the player and this was a good chance to watch him live with us not playing until Monday. Time will tell if we decide to pursue it anymore.
“He is a decent player, his goals tally will tell you that. Sometimes players come to England, it doesn’t work out, they go back to Ireland but then it suddenly clicks.
“The fact we have Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle shows we are not frightened to go to that level. We watch players many times before making decisions and I’d not had the chance to see Maguire before.”
Although ‘time will tell’ whether or not the Championship side make any sort of formal approach, it seems Grayson already has a pitch lined up for the 22-year-old should he speak to him.
“The Irish contingent would be a selling point,” Grayson added.
“If we were looking to bring Maguire in or any other player from the Irish League, they will see it as an opportunity to play and that the other lads would help them settle in.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena