Lewis McGugan has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is eyeing a permanent contract at Sheffield Wednesday once his loan deal expires this summer.
The midfielder is in a rich vein of form, having scored three times and made four assists in his last eight appearances, including setting up two goals in their thrilling 3-2 win at Rotherham United last weekend.
The 26-year-old, now in his second loan spell with the Owls, is set to return to his parent club Watford at the end of the season. McGugan’s contract runs out at Vicarage Road in 2016 but Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray has stated his desire to hang on to his services.
McGugan said: “If Sheffield Wednesday and Watford can do a deal, then brilliant, but it’s up to the clubs. I can only concentrate on playing well on the pitch.
“At this point in time I’m playing week in week out, I have a smile back on my face, and that’s the most important thing.”
Gray is optimistic they can tie up a full-time deal for McGugan but has told The Star: “Lewis is a good, quality player but he’s still Watford’s player.”
If Sheffield Wednesday and Watford can do a deal, then brilliant, but it’s up to the clubs.Lewis McGugan
McGugan said he is enjoying working under Gray.
He said: “The manager has been fantastic for me, really straight. You know exactly what he wants from you. He gives you the platform to go out and perform and it’s up to you to repay the faith.”