Sheffield Wednesday: Best is yet to come from returning McGugan

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Lewis McGugan has told The Star he has returned to Sheffield Wednesday because he feels he has “unfinished business” at the Championship club.

The Watford midfielder, who made seven starts in a productive loan spell with the Owls towards the end of 2014, rejoined Stuart Gray’s side on a temporary basis last night. He is set to remain at Hillsborough until the end of the season.

Lewis McGugan has rejoined Wednesday.

Lewis McGugan has rejoined Wednesday.

“Every player is human; it is a massive thing to feel wanted and appreciated,” he said. “I felt that in the short space of time I was here and it is great to be back. I enjoyed my first spell. Everyone around the place made me feel very welcome.

“I do feel like I have got unfinished business here. It annoyed me I didn’t score a goal in the seven games I played because I’m a goal-scoring midfielder. There is a lot more to come from me. Hopefully the goals will come and I can repay everyone now with my performances on the pitch.”

McGugan said he learned Monday morning that the Owls were close to finalising a deal to bring him back.

He said: “It’s been a tough week. At times, I have thought it wasn’t going to come off.

“I knew I had to go back to Watford and assess the situation and see what happens. I knew if I had to out on loan that Wednesday were always my number one option.

“I was here for a short spell and the players and manager were brilliant with me and the fans were tremendous.

“I thank everyone at Wednesday for making it all happen and doing all they can to push it over the line. I’m really happy to be back and I’m looking forward to trying to contribute as much as I can between now and the end of the season.”

McGugan, a gruaduate of Nottingham Forest’s youth system, made over 200 appearances for them before moving to Watford on a free transfer in the summer of 2013, signing a three-year contract. The 26-year-old scored 11 goals in 37 appearances in his first campaign with the Hornets but has featured only seven times for them this season.

Indeed, he has recently been training with Watford’s development squad, having been told by Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic he is not part of his plans.

“It’s been very tough in the last month,” he said. “When you are restricted and not allowed to do your job, it gets frustrating.

“But these things happen in football. You just have to try and use it to your advantage and hope it makes you a stronger person.

“That chapter has gone now and I’m looking forward to giving it everything I’ve got at Wednesday.”

Asked whether he would be interested in a permanent move to Hillsborough, he said: “I never like to comment on what’s going to happen in six months time because in football you never know. It’s a strange game.

“I’m here until the end of the season. I’m not looking past that point and I don’t want to get carried away with anything.”

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