Sheffield Wednesday: Relaxed Chris set for the hard graft

Owls forward Chris Maguire.
Owls forward Chris Maguire.
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A round or two of golf helped Owls forward Chris Maguire switch off over the summer following a gruelling nine-month Championship campaign.

“It is good to get away from football at times,” he told The Star. “I had a good, chilled out break.

“I went on a couple of holidays, saw some of my family and friends in Scotland and played quite a few games of golf.

“I like golf and I find it nice and relaxing, especially when you get good weather.

“I started playing when I was younger. I would go into public parks and start smashing balls around! It is just a hobby.”

Golf is a sport several members of Stuart Gray’s squad enjoy playing in their spare time.

Maguire said: “There are a few boys in the team who like playing it. We try and get a few matches in when we can.

“I am quite a steady player. I would like to think I’m better than what I actually am! It is one of them where the more you play, the better you get. It is just a bit of fun.”

Wednesday’s players reported back for pre-season training last week. Maguire says there is a good mood in the camp.

The Scottish ace said: “It’s been great seeing the lads again. It’s a bit like when you are a kid and you go back to school for the first time after a summer holiday. Everybody meets up and you’ve all got different stories. You find out what everybody got up to. It’s a good laugh.”

The double sessions Maguire and his teammates are taking part in at the Owls’ Middlewood Road training ground every day are designed to get them in peak, physical condition come the start of the new season.

Maguire said: “We’ve done lots of running so far but the balls have been out too which is good because I’ve been with teams before where we have not seen the ball for the first two weeks.”