Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire in play me plea

Chris Maguire says he is still something of an unknown quantity to the Hillsborough supporters
Chris Maguire says he is still something of an unknown quantity to the Hillsborough supporters
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Striker Chris Maguire has admitted to growing frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at Sheffield Wednesday.

Maguire has been little more than a bit part player since his move from Derby County over a year ago and has only made four appearances this campaign. His last outing came back in August in the 2-2 draw with Millwall.

“If the first team was doing brilliantly then that would be a reason for me not playing but things haven’t been going that way and I’m a bit annoyed watching it from the stands,” he told The Star.

“I need a run of games. I’m still a bit of the unknown to them [the fans] and I’m annoyed as anybody. I come in, work hard in training like everybody.”

Despite his lack of involvement, the prospect of going out on loan has never appealed much to the Scot, who has two senior caps to his name. Maguire declined a temporary move to his former club Portsmouth at the same point of last season.

“I went a full season last season thinking the same thing,” said Maguire, who has made just two appearances for the 22nd-placed Owls this term. “Personally I don’t really want to go out on loan because I see myself as having a future at this club.”

Maguire was given a run-out in the Owls 3-1 Development League triumph over neighbours Barnsley in midweek. He was withdrawn at half-time after creating the opener for Franck Betra.

However Maguire fears he may have to leave on loan to get matches under his belt.

He added: “If I don’t get that run of games then it might be the time for me to go get some.”