Irish Arrivals' Preston Delight
A deal for Sean Maguire was agreed with Cork City some weeks ago but he didn't link up with his Preston teammate until recently.
Now part of the first team squad Maguire, along with Irish teammate Kevin O'Connor, the forward admitted he's become a little emotional playing his final games for Cork but the brief meeting with the squad when they were in Ireland recently helped.
Maguire also told the Official Website the fact Preston will have a game instantly, which could see him involved against Burnley this evening, is positive too.
'The last couple of weeks have been a bit emotional for Kevin and myself, playing our last few games for Cork, but now it is a new chapter and I am really looking forward to it. It was great getting in with the lads a couple of weeks ago to get a feel of the group and to meet the new gaffer and I really can`t wait to get going now. We were in on Monday, saw the boys again and now I just want to hit the ground running and put on that Preston North End jersey.'
Adding: 'It is brilliant there is a game straight away. We have been in training with the boys, getting a feel for them and now the game against Burnley is hopefully an opportunity to play a couple of minutes; we will see what the gaffer has to say. Hopefully it is an opportunity to get onto that pitch and I honestly cannot wait and it is something I am relishing.'
With plenty of Irish players at Deepdale already Maguire went on to say this will also help as, all being well, will be the goalscoring form the forward has been in recently, which he also hopes can help him 'hit the ground running.'
'I hope I can hit the ground running. I feel that anything I have touched has been going in and I will look to recreate that with Preston North End. I will look for an opportunity soon enough and go and show the new gaffer what I can do and that is to bring goals to the team. There are a lot of other attributes I bring as well, my work rate - I work 100 per cent for my team - and hopefully we can click and move forward.'
Meanwhile, O'Connor told the Official Website: 'It's great, it's been a long time coming but I'm just happy to get in now and get my head down and work hard. We had our first day of training yesterday and so it's just a matter of kicking on from there. We met the lads and the manager in Cork but we only really did the warm up, we didn't do much so to get in and have our first full day was good to see the manager in training and to see how he works and his influences. We are just happy to be here now and excited to get started.'
O'Connor should be involved against Lancashire rivals Burnley, fitness shouldn't be lacking for the full back of Maguire as they have played 26 games for Cork already this season so it's simply a case of getting used to playing with their new teammates.
And he hopes both can start against Sheffield Wednesday in under two weeks.
'The season starts in just over a week but we have two games before that so it's a matter of bedding in with the lads and seeing where we go from there. It's great that the first game of the season is at home, we will hopefully get a good crowd and we want to give them something to shout about. It's going to be a tough game against Sheffield Wednesday but it's one we are confident of getting three points.'