Sheffield Wednesday: Inconsistent Maguire looks to end on a high note

Chris Maguire
Chris Maguire

By his own admission, the 2014/15 season has not been a vintage campaign for Chris Maguire.

A loss of form and a couple of suspensions have contributed to the Scot finding the back of the net less frequently this term.

His penalty in added on time against promotion-chasing Bournemouth last Saturday was just his seventh strike in 44 outings.

Maguire has predominantly been deployed out wide by head coach Stuart Gray, with his final delivery, sometimes, letting him down at crucial moments.

But the 26-year-old held his nerve well down on the south coast to rescue a point for the Owls and pledged to keep working hard to rediscover his best form.

“It has been up and down year,” he told The Star. “Even when I don’t perform well, I will never shy away from getting on the ball and trying things.

“I know compared to last season I have not hit the heights I wanted to but I will keep giving 100 per cent and doing everything I can for the team. I will never hide. As long as the fans know I’m always going to give everything, then that’s the start.”

With his contract set to expire in the summer, Maguire has indicated he would like to prolong his Owls stay. He hopes talks will soon begin regarding his future.

Given Wednesday have a number of senior players who’s deals are up over the next two months, Maguire, formerly of Derby County and Portsmouth, has spoken of the importance of keeping the majority of the squad intact.

“It’s exciting times at the club and I think everyone sees that,” he said. “We know we could probably challenge with the squad we have got.

“Our home form has not been great but maybe you can blame the pitch for a lot of results not going our way.

“Maybe that’s why we have been better away from home because we play on better surfaces. That’s perhaps picking out excuses but I think we have got a great bunch of boys and if things click again like they did at the start of this season then who knows.

“People maybe think we are going to spend this, that and the other because we have been taken over but you’ve got to take it step by step. You can’t just rush in. Things take time to gel.

“With the squad and management team we have got, I think we have a great bunch of people here. If we can keep that core, things will be looking good.”

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