Sheffield Wednesday: Jones wants Chris Maguire to turn on the magic

Hillsborough welcome: Chris Maguire is a good young player who will enjoy working with Wednesday, says manager Dave Jones.
Hillsborough welcome: Chris Maguire is a good young player who will enjoy working with Wednesday, says manager Dave Jones.
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CHRIS Maguire could be given a licence to thrill in his new career at Sheffield Wednesday.

He is a known as a flair player who made and scored goals for Aberdeen though he has had a relatively lean time in England.

Owls boss Dave Jones has no doubt that it is money well spent now that the 23-year-old has joined the Owls for a fee thought to be around £250,000.

“He’s young. We watched him when he was playing for Portsmouth on loan last season and we think he’s a good young player,” he said. “He likes a shot. He can play off a front man or run wide. I think he’s got a lot of potential that we can work with.

“This is nothing detrimental as regards Derby but I think he’ll enjoy working with us.

“Your back four and your midfield have to be fairly rigid but as much as possible we’ll give him the licence to play.”

Maguire will not be the last striker to arrive at Hillsborough this summer: even after his signing, the Owls are currently one down in this department after the return of Nile Ranger to Newcastle on the expiry of his loan and the release of Clinton Morrison.

It seems likely that if and when Jones signs a further one or two strikers they will add experience - a quality that he values.

The Owls boss is keen on secrecy over his current moves, to keep any rival clubs guessing, and refuses to confirm or deny claims about who his targets may or may not be.

In keeping with this policy he has declined to comment on reports that Marlon Harewood will train with the club in pre-season. The striker spent the last four months of last season on a short-term contract at Forest, after a spell playing in China.

Whatever happens, Jones is certain to add to his five summer signings so far: Maguire, Anthony Gardner, Chris Kirkland, Joe Mattock and Kieran Lee.

Maguire is determined to earn a place in the side, which he rarely did at Derby, much to his frustration.

He found himself training with the kids. “No disrespect to them; I was a kid myself. But at this stage of my career it wasn’t good for me,” he said “I’m looking forward to starting again.”