Midfielder Lewis McGugan has criticised his old club Watford, accusing the Premier League outfit of trying to scupper his move to Wednesday.
Following two successful loan spells at Wednesday last season, the 26-year-old finally completed his protracted switch on Thursday. It is understood the playmaker has cost in the region of £300,000.
McGugan, who registered in the Owls’ pre-season friendly draw at York City yesterday, has blamed the Hortnets for holding the deal up, claiming they moved “the goalposts”.
“Obviously it has been frustrating that the move kept getting delayed and it seemed when it got close Watford would move the goalposts a bit and we were back at square one again,” said McGugan.
“It is difficult and stressful as you want to know where you stand so that you can prepare for the new season, but I have been professional and went back to pre-season training and got my head down.
“I was hoping we would get the deal done early in the week but, for whatever reason, that didn’t happen. But that’s in the past now. Now it’s over with and I’m here which is the most important thing.
Obviously it has been frustrating that the move kept getting delayed and it seemed when it got close Watford would move the goalposts a bit and we were back at square one again.Lewis McGugan
“It was a stressful three or four days but luckily everyone came to an agreement.”
McGugan joined Watford two years ago and featured 37 times during the 2013/14 season, netting 11 goals as they finished in 13th position.
But the Nottingham-born player was frozen out under Slavisa Jokanovic, prompting him to join Wednesday on a temporary basis last November.
“Obviously I had a very good first season under Gianfranco Zola, but after he left for whatever reason I hardly played for Watford again,” added McGugan.
“From finishing as the club’s second top scorer the previous season I was not involved and things started to unravel.
“The upheaval in the change of managers does not help anyone and it seemed my face didn’t fit, but it came from nowhere after the success of my first season at the club.
“The club have a way of working and it is one of those things, but things didn’t work out the way I expected them to especially after my first year under Zola.
“I knew I was fighting a losing battle if I stayed at Watford because I don’t think they really wanted me around the club so there was no point prolonging the agony.”
McGugan is delighted to have rejoined Wednesday and is hoping to repay the faith they have shown when the new Championship seasons gets underway on August 8.
He said: “I always wanted to come back here. I love the Sheffield Wednesday fans and I want to repay them for their support.
“The deal has been dragging on for quite a while now, but I want the fans to know that it was Watford holding it up and not me as my part was sorted quickly.
“The Sheffield Wednesday owners are ambitious and they want to try and get the club back to the Premier League.
“As a player you want to be part of an ambitious project like that and that it why I am definitely keen to go back to the club.”