Preston North End have received praise from the Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy, with comments being reported by LancsLive, over how they have developed Sean Maguire as a player.

The 24-year-old striker started his career at Irish club Waterford before making a big move to West Ham United though he never made an appearance for the Hammers. He played for several other clubs before landing with Preston in the summer of 2017. Since moving to Lancashire and has been very impressive, leading to his call up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

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He has already got a few caps under his belt but could add to them in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. And Ireland’s manager McCarthy is very happy with the way Maguire has improved as a player in recent months and has taken the time out to praise Preston for the way they have developed him as a player during his time at Deepdale.

He said: “The clubs have different health and fitness protocols, and he has missed a lot of games through hamstring strains and pulls, and his schedule at the club would be exactly what they are giving him.”

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“So I’m cool, whatever they do to get him out on the pitch on a Saturday, is what we will do.”

“He doesn’t train on Mondays, he trains Tuesday and Wednesday and I think he has Thursday off and that’s only for a short time so they can get the best out of him in games.”

“Whatever Preston do, they’ve got him playing, they’ve got him playing well and scoring, and I will adhere to whatever they want.”


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