Stephen McGinn is relishing the prospect of linking up with his Scottish compatriot Kevin McDonald in Sheffield United’s midfield during the 2013/14 season.
So far under David Weir’s stewardship, McDonald has been deployed in a more advanced role as United look to increase their productivity in the final third.
McGinn, who penned a two-year deal at Bramall Lane last month following the expiry of his contract at Watford, is a big admirer of McDonald’s ability.
The 24-year-old, who scored against United last term while on loan at Shrewsbury Town, told The Star: “Kev has been a top player for United in the last couple of years.
“Having played with him for Scotland’s under-21s, I know how good he is and I am looking forward to being in the same team as him.”
As well as McDonald, McGinn has previously played alongside United wingers Ryan Flynn and Jamie Murphy at Under-21 level for Scotland. Despite splashing a six-figure sum on his services, Murphy struggled to hit top form last year as United suffered more play-off heartache. However, Murphy has produced a string of fine performances in pre-season to suggest he is about to fulfil the potential which persuaded United to recruit him from Motherwell in January.
“When I signed for Watford from St Mirren, I signed in January as well and my manager at the time, Malky mMckay, said it is amazing how hard the transition is,” commented McGinn.
“It is not easy getting used to playing three times in a week. Malky told me there is absolutely no pressure on me and that he was not expecting me to start playing at Watford until the start of the following season.
“That really helped me and I was able to get used to everything in the first six months and comeback for pre-season flying.
“Murphs (Jamie Murphy) is lightning quick and has got really good qualities. I’m sure we will see the best of him this year.”
Weir’s men remain unbeaten in pre-season, recording five wins from their six warm-up matches.
McGinn added: “I know there are a lot of good players here; this club is too big for League One.”