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Monday 26 June 2017

Transfer talk won't shift my focus: Sean

Seán Maguire of Cork City with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for March
Seán Maguire of Cork City with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for March

Sean Maguire, the most in-form striker in the league, says he won't let himself be distracted by thoughts about progress at club or international level.

Still only 22 but in his seventh season in senior football, the Kilkenny lad has been named as the March player of the month by the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers Association, on a run of form which has seen him score in seven of Cork City's eight games this season.

A spell at West Ham didn't work out for Maguire and he also had frustrations at U21 international level but his recent form which City has sparked fresh interest in the striker, who was the subject of a bid from a Belgian side last summer as well as an inquiry from Reading.

"I think my long-term goal would be to play at the highest level, if it's in England or if it's in Europe, I feel that I can prove I can go play at the level," says Maguire.

"But I'm contracted to Cork City and my short-term goal is to do my best for John [Caulfield] and for the team, to the best of my ability. Obviously it's nice with speculation and rumours, I'm very flattered that there are big clubs having a bit of interest. But I'm not really too bothered, there is nothing I can do until the end of season when I am out of contract," added Maguire, encouraged by the progress made by former opponents Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan.

"It's great for us young players in the League of Ireland, it looks good for us that two boys from Dundalk can go to England at a high level."

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