Sean Maguire was an instant hit at Preston North End after his transfer from Cork City last year. The Kilkenny native immediately became a fan favourite upon finding the net for the Championship outfit, and continued to do what he does best.
An international debut followed against Moldova, but injury halted his progress as he has been forced to wait in the wings in recent months.
However, the 23-year-old’s rehabilitation is almost complete, as he made his comeback against Burnley in a friendly behind closed doors on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Preston website, Maguire revealed how good it was to get back on the field.
“You can train as much as you want but match fitness is totally different. It was a good, competitive game, they had a lot of experienced players and so did we so it was a good game.”
While he is nearing full fitness, he did note that his full comeback is another few weeks away.
“It’s touching distance away now, hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can be back in contention for selection.
“Now I’m back in training with the squad and to get some minutes in the tank against Burnley was brilliant. Just to get the matchday feeling back, waking up in the morning and knowing you had a game, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and I’m just looking forward.”
“I want to get back to where I was before, that’s getting myself back in the team and doing as much as I can for the squad and hopefully get back into getting goals and assists.”
Here’s hoping that Maguire is back to his best in the coming weeks, and the goals keep on coming.