IRISH youngster Seán Maguire has not give up on his dream of making the breakthrough in the English Premier League with West Ham United.
And the Kilkenny lad is confident that his loan spell, in the rough and tumble of England’s fourth tier with Accrington Stanley, will help aid his progress.
Maguire wasn’t involved with Accrington in their FA Cup battle with Yeovil Town last night, his parent club West Ham unwilling to let the 20-year-old feature as he would have been cup-tied for the Hammers, or another club should he move on again next month, either on loan or in a permanent deal.
It was disappointing, in one way, for the lad to miss out on the FA Cup but it was also seen as a vote of confidence from the coaching staff at Upton Park that they didn’t want him cup-tied, and while Maguire has yet to play for the Hammers first team and has spent most of 2014 on loan, first with Sligo Rovers and then with Accrington, he hopes he still has a future there.
“This is the last season of my contract with West Ham, I joined the club hoping that I could make the first team and do well for them and I still feel the same way,” says Maguire, who came closest to making the first team under Sam Allardyce 13 months ago when he was on the bench for an FA Cup tie.
“West Ham are doing really well at the moment so all their focus is on the Premier League. From what they have told me, they are happy with me and how I am doing out on loan, they have been to the games and have had me watched.
“It is a big leap to the first team now, especially as they are having such a good season, but you have to have faith in your own ability.
“It’s up to West Ham what happens next, if I get a new contract or if I stay out on loan but for now I am happy with how things are going.
“I have loved every minute of it here at Accrington. I have been here for just under three months, I have started every league game and scored a few goals, the only disappointing thing is that I haven’t scored more, three goals from 12 games is only ok as I should have scored more.
“Playing first team football is great, you can’t get the same experience in the reserves back in the Premier League. I have improved no end since I came here.
“Accrington wanted me to play in the previous round and in the second round but West Ham said no, which I took as a positive in the sense that I was still in their thoughts at West Ham.”
Maguire’s loan deal expires at the weekend and after that it’s a matter of talks in terms of his next move: back to West Ham for a spell, an extended stay at Accrington, a loan deal to another club or a move away completely.
“I will find out this week what the plan is,” says Maguire. “John Coleman, the manager here at Accrington who I worked with at Sligo, says he wants me to stay but it will be up to West Ham.”