Friday 23 February 2018

Seanie Maguire aiming for Ireland call-up after securing move to Preston North End

Jack O'Toole

Cork City striker Seanie Maguire has said that he was 'absolutely over the moon' to secure a move to Preston North End for next season, and that he already has immediate ambitions of following new teammates Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle straight into the Republic of Ireland squad.

Maguire, who leads the League of Ireland in scoring this season with 16 goals from 17 games, will join Preston at the end of July with a view of following Horgan and Boyle into the national team thereafter.

"I'm absolutely over the moon, the club has shown an interest in me for a while now and so it's great to get it done," Maguire told Preston's official website.

"Seeing Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan come over and making such a big impact and doing unbelievably well, getting straight into the national team is something that I will be aiming for once I get over there.

"They have both stepped up to the plate and obviously got their Irish caps, and they are regulars in the squad now, and that is the level that I am going to be pushing for.

"I will work my socks off in training, make a good impression with the manager in training, and then get myself into the team and work hard to get to that level I am aiming for."

The 23-year-old has scored 19 goals in 20 games in all competitions this season, after netting 29 in the previous campaign where Cork won the FAI Cup.

The striker has been in on a tremendous run of form since joining the Leesiders from League of Ireland champions Dundalk last season, and when asked what he will bring to Preston next season, Maguire's response was predictably about as clinical as he has been in front of goal this year.

"I bring goals," added the Rebels forward.

"That's shown by my record over the last couple of seasons, I'm more of a poacher, I score a lot of goals inside of the box, I've only scored a few outside the box.

"I'm a hard worker, I'm a grafter, for a small fella I can actually jump pretty high and I win a lot of headers, so that adds to the problem for defenders and I will always work hard for my teammates.

"I'm always sniffing out mistakes in the oppositions half looking to score goals and you will always get 100 per cent from me, you will never get anything below that and I am really looking forward to stepping out on to that pitch and pulling on that Preston North End jersey.

"It's a great chance to prove myself in England, I was at Accrington Stanley and I played 30 games for them and scored a couple of goals but I felt that there was a lot more in me.

"I feel I have plenty of goals in my game and what better place to bring that than to Preston North End in the Championship. I have scored a lot of goals in the Irish league, it's a great standard but I think it's time for me to now step up to another level and I think I can step up and bring a lot to this team and help it move forward."

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