Injury-hit Owls ace aiming for a better season

Jacques Maghoma
Jacques Maghoma
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Jacques Maghoma is vowing that there is more to come from him next season.

His debut season with the Owls was marred by injuries but he thinks that he has still benefited from his first experience of Championship football.

“There’s a lot more to come,” he told The Star. “I’m still learning about this league; all the games are different; they give you the experience, and when I was injured I was watching a lot of games and seeing the tempo, which, no disrespect, is a lot different to football in League Two.

“Hopefully I can also get a lot more goals and show my quality.”

Maghoma was restricted to three goals and 22 starts after being snapped up on a Bosman free following his 18-goal season with Burton.

But his qualities were richly praised by boss Stuart Gray before he returned on the bench for the final game after an 11-match absence.

“It’s nice to hear when the manager backs you,” he said. “It gives you an extra bit of confidence. I’ve worked with Stuart for a full season now so I know what he wants. Hopefully I can develop that next season.

“If we start well, maybe we can achieve something next season. We can take a lot of positives from the form that we showed after we picked up this season.

“Stuart wants to progress and he wants high-intensity football. I think we’ll be all right next season, with the team that we are starting to build.”

Maghoma’s focus today will be on Wembley as his old club, Burton, play Fleetwood in the League Two play-off final. He scored in the semi-finals last year but Albion lost on aggregate to Bradford.

“I hope they can make the final step this time,” he added.