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Seán Maguire on goal droughts, social media abuse, and the move that almost finished his career

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Seán Maguire has scored just 18 goals in 75 appearances for Preston North End. Photo: Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images

Seán Maguire has scored just 18 goals in 75 appearances for Preston North End. Photo: Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images

CameraSport via Getty Images

Seán Maguire has scored just 18 goals in 75 appearances for Preston North End. Photo: Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images

It's a fact of life for a professional footballer. When you make a career-defining decision not knowing that it will define your career.

Seán Maguire had one of those sliding-doors moments in December 2015, slide being the operative word as that's what he was on at the time.

He'd been released by West Ham in the summer of 2015 and a half-season with Dundalk had not gone at all to plan, summed up by his inability to even make the bench for the 2015 FAI Cup final.