Sean Maguire is the next man to answer our Quick-Fire Questions all about his early life and his journey so far in football.
Since joining PNE in 2017, Seani has made well over 100 appearances for the Lilywhites and is currently on a deal with the club which takes him up to the summer of 2023.
The forward first made his name back home in the Republic of Ireland, though, and Seani spoke with us about his early experiences in the game.
What is your first footballing memory?
Going to watch Kilkenny City in Buckley Park when they used to play in the League Of Ireland.
How did you get involved with football growing up?
I started playing with my local team Deen Celtic in Kilkenny when I was about four years old and just started from there.
What was your favourite subject at school?
It has to be PE, doesn’t it?
How did you become a striker?
Michael Owen was a big inspiration for me growing up, so that’s probably why I started to become a striker.
What was the first football shirt you owned?
I had a Liverpool jersey when I was about four or five. I’m nearly certain it had Carlsberg written across the front of it.
Which team did you support growing up?
Liverpool and Celtic.
Did you suffer any setbacks in your early career?
I’ve had quite a few setbacks in my career already. Being released from West Ham and having to move back home to prove I was good enough again [was tough]. Injury-wise I’ve probably had four serious hamstring injuries since joining PNE which have all made me stronger and a better player today.
What’s the story of your professional debut?
My professional debut was for Waterford United when I was 17. My EFL debut was for Accrington Stanley was when I was 20 against Northampton. We won 5-4 and I scored so it wasn’t a bad debut.
What’s your best footballing memory?
Making my international debut against Moldova in 2017 in a Euro Qualifier.
What is your initiation song? Is it good?
Mario - Let Me Love You. I have it down to a tee now.
What’s the best advice somebody has given to you?
Minor setbacks, major comebacks.
What’s your best advice for young players?
Work hard and look to improve every day, and enjoy the journey.
Which player/coach has helped you most?
It would have to be John Caulfield my Cork City manager.
What career would you have had if you weren’t a footballer?
A hurling player or have something to do with sport.
We still have more Quick-Fire Questions on their way, with the likes of Ben Whiteman and Greg Cunningham coming soon on PNE.Com.