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Maguire: "I Really Can't Wait"

4 August 2017

Sean Maguire can't wait for the 2017/18 campaign to get underway as he begins his first season at PNE.

The striker had been in impressive form in the League of Ireland for league leaders Cork City before making the switch to Deepdale, and after scoring during his first appearance against Burnley in pre-season, the 23-year-old is ready for the challenge of the Championship.

Maguire could make his competitive debut for the Lilywhites against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and on his feelings ahead of the game, Maguire said: "Before every game I get a bit of butterflies and once I wake up in a morning I'm ready to go and I really can't wait.

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"Hopefully I will make my home debut and make a mark. Obviously it's different from pre-season games but I can't wait now to play and to hopefully make my debut tomorrow and take it from there."

"Myself and Kevin [O'Connor] have had two weeks preparing for this game and there is no better way of getting straight into it than against Burnley and it was great to get off the mark and does well for my confidence.

"I thought last Friday, as a team we played extremely well, especially in the second half, you could see how much we enjoyed playing the game.

"The main aim this week was to prepare well for this big game, I think the first game of the season you know it can be 50/50 so we're really looking forward to it.

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The forward is excited by the competition at the top end of the pitch and feels there are plenty of goals in the side this season, an exciting prospect for the fans and players alike.

"You see the competition we have up there, there's six or seven that can play in that front three and there was bundles of pace up there.

"You could throw anyone in that front three and they will cause problems for Sheffield Wednesday's back four and we will be hoping to start the season with three points and take it from there and bring it into the next game against Accrington Stanley then.

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On his own impact on the squad, he continued: "For a year and a half I have been playing on my own up front for Cork City, it's worked out well for a small guy at 5ft 8in, I think I get myself around a lot and I work really hard and you've seen it against Burnley, against two centre halves and you've seen it again against Fleetwood.

"I think them playing three at the back helped and you saw that we created many opportunities for myself,Callum and Barky and there are plenty of goals there so we will be hoping to do the same now against Sheffield Wednesday."

Watch the full interview with Maguire on iFollow by clicking on the video above.


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