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New signing Maguire on City move

By Ian Appleyard | 13th June 2019

New signing Dan Maguire rejected interest from the EFL this summer but is now aiming to get there with the Minstermen.

Maguire, 26, was a player in demand after bagging 25 goals last season to help Blyth Spartans reach the Vanarama National League North play-offs.

The Newcastle-born striker has scored 159 goals in 310 games for the Spartans since 2012 and is regarded as one of the Northumberland club's best-ever players.

Speaking to City's official club website today, Maguire said "Of course, I want to play at the highest level I possibly can - if you don't want to do that, you shouldn't be playing football.

"I had a couple of clubs interested from the Football League (EFL) but, in my eyes, York City is a Football League club and after speaking to Steve Watson my mind was made up.

"Hopefully, in two or three years, I will be playing in League Two with York. That would be the ideal situation."

Maguire says his decision to join City was influenced by history, ambition, and the club's imminent move to the new Community Stadium. He is also a big admirer of manager Watson who played for his hometown club Newcastle United.

"It's a massive opportunity and a chance to go full-time at a club with a lot of history and ambition and a good fanbase. I was also impressed by the club's plans and the new stadium," he said.

"We all know this club is in the wrong league and I want to be a part of what Steve is putting together to get it back to where it should be.

"Like me, he is from Newcastle and knows a few people who I know. He knows what I am about, I know what he is about, and I think we will work well together." 

Significantly, Maguire will also be quitting his job as a plumber to turn 'full-time professional' for the first time in his football career.

"It is a tough decision to leave my job and Blyth but I think it is the right time to do it," he said. "All I have done since leaving school is plumbing and heating and playing football. So I will be stepping away from my work commitments.

"Luckily, I work for a mate who has guaranteed me my job back if I need it again in the future - but I still have to work my notice because we have jobs booked in and that means I will be working right up to the start of pre-season training.

"It will be a bit hectic but I am used to that. At Blyth, I would go to work during the day and then go training on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  That would mean getting home at 9pm and going to work for 7am.

"I am still going to have to get up early to commute to York but it is going to be an earlier finish and I will have a better lifestyle. But, if the boiler does break down at the training ground, I will be there," he laughed.

A former England 'C' international, Maguire is looking to continue his goalscoring exploits at Bootham Crescent and the Community Stadium.

"I have done alright in this league over the past two seasons," he reflected. "I have been top goalscorer from open play both years and, hopefully, that run will continue. I have got a lot of energy, I like to take people on, and I like creating goals as much as I like scoring them.

"Everyone wants to win the league and promotion is key for the football club at this moment in time," he added. "Hopefully, we can put the club back on the up. York have always been strong when I have played against them - it's just been the consistency that has been lacking. If we can get that next season, we should be there or thereabouts."

Photos courtesy of Blyth Spartans FC

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