Sean Maguire scored his first Preston goal on Saturday, and the Irish striker says he dreams of pulling on an Irish jersey.
The 23 year old was included in Martin O’Neill’s 39 man provisional squad for the last week’s clashes against Georgia and Serbia, but did not make the final squad.
Maguire was prolific at Cork City before being snapped up by Preston, and got off the mark for the Championship club with a bullet header in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley at Deepdale.
“I’ve just stuck my head on it and it’s glanced into the bottom corner,” he told Preston’s club website.
“Myself and Jordan (Hugill) I think work really well together with that big and small man combination, and you could see that; we created chances and created space for each other and that’s something we can build on heading into Tuesday (against Cardiff City).
“We created the chances and it will be different if we weren’t getting into the positions to create those chance. We got ourselves into the lead and it was a bit of bad fortune with their goal.”
The Kilkenny native was deployed slightly deeper behind Jordan Hugill in a 10 position against Barnsley, and received praise from Preston boss Alex Neill after the game.
Maguire also claimed that he’s been dreaming of playing for Ireland since he was “four or five”.
“It was a massive honour for me to get into the provisional squad,” he continued.
“It’s something I’ve been dreaming of since I was four or five, when I started playing football.
“I just need to keep performing at this level. One day down the line I look forward to hopefully pulling on that Irish jersey.”