I'm City 'til it's bye says Maguire after sealing Preston switch

I'm City 'til it's bye says Maguire after sealing Preston switch
Maguire after hitting goal in Dundalk. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

MAN OF the moment Seanie Maguire is soaking up the sun in Marbella this week as he celebrates his first league hat-trick for Cork City and contemplates his move to Preston North End at the end of July, July 29 to be precise.

But Maguire has a burning desire to help City go even further ahead in the title race when he plays against Limerick at home on Friday week and Derry City away at McGinn Park in Buncrana on June 23 and then at home to Bohemians on Friday night, June 30, though this game could be moved out to the Sunday because of City’s Europa League engagements.

Maguire is keen to play his part too in City’s Europa League qualification rounds, the draw for which is on June 19 in Nyon in Switzerland and the actual games are pencilled in for June 29, July 6, 13 and 20 and the club’s top scorer is hoping to figure in all four games if, as expected, the Leesiders progress in the competition.

“European football is our game and our gain and you could see it last year when we progressed to the third round and came up against a Genk that sold four big name players for close to £50m and they still got to the quarter-finals losing to Spanish side, Celta Vigo over two legs.

“We are really looking forward to it and the next step up for us. I know we are 18 points clear at the top of our own league but we are fully focused on the job and we will get back on track in ten days time or so with the Limerick game at Turner’s Cross,” said Maguire who has 16 league goals for the season.

“Doing well in Europe is very important to a big club like Cork City and John Caulfield always stresses the need for us to be in European competition every season and hopefully the boys will have Champions’ League football to look forward to next year and I will have helped them achieve it. The money generated and pumped into it is vital as well,” said Maguire.

“You can’t beat Cork and a packed Turner’s Cross for a big European night and that’s something I am looking forward to as well.

“They will pack the place to the rafters with a decent draw and we could get Rangers or Graham Cummins has been tweeting about coming over with St Johnstone and that would guarantee a full house.

“It will be hard for me to walk away at the end of July but when you do well in our league there’s going to be talk and speculation and I look at lads like Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan over at Preston and they are part of the Ireland set up now.

“They have been two of the stand-out players for me as Dundalk racked up three in a row and perhaps it’s my turn now.

“They are regular internationals now and my aim is to join them and get to their level and hopefully get that Ireland call-up shortly,” he told me.

“It’s unusual for me as a Kilkenny man from Castlecomer to be cheered on by Cork people out the Cross.

“I always come out of the ground and I spent up to 45 minutes signing autographs on programmes and photos and stuff for the kids.

“When I was that age and I saw my local hero in front of me then if he didn’t stop for me and shake my hand I’d be gutted and that’s why I spend so much time with the young fans and their parents.

“For me to be their big hero is brilliant for me and it’s the best feeling in the world to be honest with you,” he added.

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