Dundalk sign Maguire
Dundalk are pleased to announce the signing of striker Sean Maguire on a free transfer.
Maguire joins the club having been released from West Ham United at the end of the 2014-15 season.
The Ireland U-21 International started his career as a youth player with Waterford United and progressed to the senior team where he played in the first division and was on the losing side of the promotion/relegation playoff in 2012 against his new employers.
Finishing as the top scorer in the first division, his talents and goal exploits caught the eye of numerous clubs across the water and he signed for West Ham in January 2013. He signed a two and a half year contract but found opportunities hard to come by and went on loan to Sligo Rovers in February 2014 until August where he featured in their Europa League campaign and picked up a Setanta Cup winners medal.
He returned to England at the conclusion of the loan and spent the season with Accrington Stanley in another loan period where he was a regular fixture in their starting line-up and scored 7 goals through the spell.
The 21 year-old left London at the end of the campaign and returns home where he has joined the champions for the second half of the campaign.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after putting pen to paper the Ireland underage international was understandably delighted to sign and is looking forward to playing now.
“I am really pleased just to get the deal done and dusted now. It’s great to get the deal over the line and I really am delighted to be here. I wanted to get things sorted quickly so I am just pleased that I managed that.
“I have played in both divisions in the league so I have experience of being here. I loved it at both Waterford United and Sligo Rovers so that helps me. I just can’t wait to get playing now.”
The striker admits he is excited to work with manager Stephen Kenny and it was a ‘no-brainer’ when the call came.
“The major factor was Stephen Kenny. I know he seen me play for Waterford against Dundalk in the playoff in 2012 and he liked me then and I think he enjoyed my performances with Sligo last year so I think that had a factor but I am excited to link up with the manager, he’s great at developing players and you can see that with his track record.
“I am just looking forward to meeting the boys now, go to the game tomorrow and it was a no-brainer coming here. It’s a good move for me.”
The former West Ham starlet’s immediate ambition is to get into the team but is aiming to score as many as possible and help the club win all on offer
“I want to get into the team first and foremost. That will be difficult because of how well they are doing but I am ready for the challenge. I am looking forward to that. I think my best attribute is goal scoring.
I want to score as many as possible. Get into the team and when I do stay there are my main ambitions. For the club, I want to win everything and if I can help them do that I will. I can’t wait to get playing now.”
Maguire will be unavailable for tomorrow’s trip to Bray as he has not received international clearance however he is in line to be available for Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final away to Galway United.