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OWLS new boy Chris Maguire is capable of forming a deadly partnership with Gary Madine, says former Wednesday and Aberdeen defender Rory McArdle.

A Sheffielder and Owls fan, McArdle played alongside Maguire in Scotland and saw signs that the 5ft 8in striker can play off a big target man.

“He’s a lively player and he’s always looking to create chances for teammates,” said McArdle, a Northern Ireland international. “He’s a threat and if you get the ball into the right areas he can beat a man and stick it into the net too.

“You don’t always notice the creators but I’m sure that he and Gary can work well together and help to take Wednesday up.

“Anyone can beat anyone in that division and you never know what’s going to happen if you get off to a good start. It’d be great to see Wednesday back in the Premier League.”

McArdle played played with Maguire for a year before the striker joined Derby.

“When I first went to Aberdeen, Chris had been out of the team and out on loan (at Kilmarnock) but he came back a new player and was never out of the side,” said the 25-year-old centre-half who saw Maguire thrive alongside target man Scott Vernon..

“He really shone from that point onwards and alongside Scott I’d say they were the stand-out players that season,” he added.

“Chris got quite a few goals and created a lot for Scott. He showed that he can win the flick-ons from the target man and that he’ll never give defenders a minute.”

McArdle, from Tinsley, came though the Owls youth system and made two senior appearances, as a sub. He left in 2007 for Rochdale.

He has spent the last two years with Aberdeen but has joined Bradford City on a two-year deal.