Saturday 18 November 2017

McGeady: 'Martin said I had to get out and play'

Aiden McGeady Photo: PA
Aiden McGeady Photo: PA

Aiden McGeady has revealed that a pep talk, and a warning, from Ireland manager Martin O'Neill convinced him to seek an exit from Everton.

The 29-year-old completed his loan move to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, made his debut on Tuesday as a sub and could make his full debut for the Owls tomorrow.

Having made just one appearance so far this season for the Toffees,a 45-minute cameo in a League Cup tie, McGeady was keen to get game time, as he was reminded by O'Neil who was concerned at the status of McGeady and compatriot Darron Gibson at Everton.

"The national team manager told me that I had to get out and play," McGeady said, the ex-Celtic man clearly frustrated with his situation at Goodison Park where he regularly failed to make the match-day squad.

"You're wasting your time if you're not playing. It wasn't enjoyable at all. I forgot what it was like to be a footballer. I was training Monday to Friday and then having weekends off. Once it got to October/November, I knew I had to get out."

McGeady has played little football of late due to injury and loss of form, his most recent league start coming 13 months ago, and in his move to Hillsborough, he's joined a club who could be in the Premier League next term.

"It took a few days to get everything over the line but I'm delighted it worked out because I wanted to come here," he said.

"The club has got aspirations to play in the Premier League, the team has had a good season so far and there's a good chance of making the play-offs, if not having a good run and challenging for automatic promotion That is the ideal scenario for me, to come here and hopefully help the team move towards that," added McGeady, who make his debut for the Owls in a midweek draw with Burnley.

"The way that the team plays suits me well. I could see that just from the first game the other night. Burnley are a side you would think have a great chance of promotion and are higher in the table but I thought we were the better team in the second half. It showed what we are capable of. There are still 17 games to go and a lot of points still to play for."

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