Seanie Maguire looks set to end his six-year stay at Preston North End after signing from Cork City in 2017.
Maguire became the first Kilkenny man to represent Ireland since Mullinavat’s Matt O’Mahoney did so in the 1930’s, when he came on against Moldova in October 2017, replacing Shane Long. he went onto represent Ireland 12 times, scoring his first goal for Ireland on 14 November 2019, in a 3–1 win against New Zealand.
Since signing for Preston, the former Waterford unite player netted a total of 22 goals in 159 Championship appearances for the Lilywhites. The majority of those goals came in his first season where he put the ball in the back of the net 10 times in 24 appearances. To be fair that momentum was carried over from his year with Cork where there were 20 goals in the Irish Premier Division in just 21 games.
If the move transpires, Maguire will join a list of Irish international stars who donned the Sky Blue jersey. the likes of Phil babb, Garry Breen and Lee Carsley represented the team over the years, however, one name I have not mentioned did so with such esteem that he earned himself a move to Inter Milan. Yes, none other than Robbie Keane made the switch after lighting up the Championship with Wolves for a then British record transfer fee for a teenager – with Keane just 19 years old when he swapped Molineux for Highfield Road.
Elsewhere it’s reported that Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has agreed a deal to sign for Championship leaders Burnley from Swansea City.
The deal is believed to be a loan transfer initially, with the option for the Clarets to buy for 4 million pounds.
22-year-old Obafemi has made seven appearances for the national team, scoring 2 goals.