McGugan hopes to answer Owls’ goal shortage

Lewis McGugan.
Lewis McGugan.
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NEW Sheffield Wednesday loan signing Lewis McGugan admits he is keen to make up for lost time after completing his move from Watford.

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder, 26, has started just five Championship matches for the Hornets this term after hitting 11 goals in his debut season with the club last season.

A proven second-tier operator, McGugan, who will stay at the Owls until January 1 with his spell encompassing seven matches, made his name at the City Ground, were he scored 44 goals in 222 matches.

McGugan, renowned as a set-piece exponent, left his hometown club to join Watford in the summer of 2013, rebuffing offers from the Premier League to join up with then Watford manager Gianfranco Zola.

After slipping down the pecking order at Vicarage Road of late, McGugan is now eyeing a regular run for the Owls, starting with Saturday’s derby at Huddersfield Town.

On his move to Hillsborough, McGugan said: “I am pleased to sign. This is a great club and a great chance for me to play games and help the team move forward.

“I have not played as many games as I want this season. so I need to get back out there and perform.

“The main thing is the team and helping them progress. If I can score some goals and help add points to the board, then great.

“I see myself very much as an attacking midfield player and goals have been a massive part of my career. I want to bring that to Sheffield Wednesday. I am ready and raring to go, whether that is from the start or the bench, and I will give it everything.”

The Owls have scored just 12 goals in 17 Championship games.

Coventry City are being linked with a move for Rotherham United defender Kirk Broadfoot.

The versatile 30-year-old Scotland international can play at right-back or centre-half and is seen as a possible stop-gap loan signing for the Sky Blues following the news that Jordan Willis is sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring tear. Broadfoot is one of a number of players on a list of targets compiled by Sky Blues chief Stephen Pressley.

Meanwhile, Barnsley have sold out their full allocation of 2,500 tickets for Saturday’s League One trip to Chesterfield.