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Seán Maguire

Seán Maguire

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Seán Maguire

Seán Maguire has ended speculation about his future by agreeing a long-term deal with Preston.

The Ireland striker was in the final year of his contract at Deepdale and there was speculation that the club could aim for a sale of the ex-Cork City man to avoid losing him on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

But yesterday the club stated that they had agreed a two-year contract extension with the 26-year-old.

"It was a very easy decision (to sign). I have loved my last three years here at the club; playing out here at Deepdale and away from home with the following we take with us and the fans have made a massive impact on the decision I have made," said Maguire.

"I love the lads, the manager and the staff and I am absolutely delighted to get it done. Last year was a bit disappointing in the way it ended - not making the Play-Offs - but I feel like this year can be our year with the players that we have."

Manager Alex Neil told fans to ignore Maguire's scoring record and focus on his work-rate. "Last season Seán probably didn't score as many goals as he would have wanted, but I don't think his goals were reflective of his performances. I thought there were some games where he was terrific for us."