Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Sean Maguire signed for PNE in the summer of 2017 from Cork City in Ireland after a compensation package was agreed between the two clubs.
The forward agreed a three-year deal at Deepdale but initially remained at Cork for two more months as the English league season had finished and Cork were leading the title race.
Maguire was greeted by an Irish contingent at Deepdale and that probably made it easier for the striker to settle off the pitch, while on it he made a flying start, scoring ten goals in 24 games in the 2017/18 season, with two coming on his return from injury in a famous Gentry Day victory away at Bolton Wanderers.
Injuries have unfortunately played a bigger part than he’d have like them to, but there’s still been plenty of highlights during his time with North End, including a last-gasp equaliser against Birmingham City at home to extend an unbeaten run to 12 games.
There’s plenty of strings to Seani’s bow, too, with his electric pace causing all sorts of issues, while he’s also very good at holding the ball up with his back to goal and bringing those around him into play.
The diminutive forward initially started out at Waterford United, scoring 14 goals in 34 games, before moving to West Ham United. A couple of loan spells followed with Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley before a permanent move to Dundalk.
Cork were his next team and that’s where he really found his form - 36 goals were scored in 48 games by the time PNE snapped him up. He finished as top scorer in the division with 18 goals in his first season at Cork City and was a part of their Europa League qualifying campaign in his second.
Seani has also represented the Republic of Ireland national team 11 times as of 2022, scoring once in a friendly against New Zealand.