CHRIS Maguire believes that his move to Sheffield Wednesday can put a smile back on his face after his glum time at Derby.
The striker - for whom the Owls are believed to have paid around £250,000 - is mystified over why he figured so little in Nigel Clough’s plans.
Maguire, aged 23, cost £400,000 from Aberdeen last summer but made few appearances for the Rams.
However he enjoyed his three months on loan at Portsmouth last season and feels that his switch to Hillsborough can be a step forward.
Maguire told The Star: “I can’t wait to get started. I looked at the history of Wednesday and the top players who have played for them. They won promotion last season and are looking to do something next season.
“They’ve also got an experienced manager who knows this league well, was in the play-offs with Cardiff, and knows the type of player you need to do well in this division and has started building towards that.
“I was limited in the number of games I played at Derby, for whatever reason. I can’t put my finger on what went wrong. I had three starts and scored two goals. It wasn’t the best of times.
“I’m happy to be here. I just want to get a smile back on my face, playing football.
“In the last few months of the season, at Portsmouth, I started enjoying my football again; I’m hoping to pick up from where I left off there.”
He will need no geeing up for the Owls’ first match of the season: it is at Pride Park. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll have a good pre-season and be in contention to start the game.”
The striker says of himself: “I’m not tall or a target man. I like to drop off and get the ball to my feet, turn and make things happen, bring others into the game, and I’m not scared to have a shot. Hopefully I can help us to get some goals and score some myself.”