Blyth boss believes Maguire made the wrong move

Dan Maguire. Picture by Bill Broadley
Dan Maguire. Picture by Bill Broadley

Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade believes striker Dan Maguire made the wrong decision in joining FC Halifax Town as the striker’s future remains unclear.

Maguire signed a two-year deal with The Shaymen this summer after hitting 31 goals for Blyth last season.

But the frontman is yet to feature in pre-season and is finding it difficult to make the 350-mile round trip for home games and training as well as carry on his job away from football.

It is believed his situation is being monitored by leading non-league clubs back in the North East, though Blyth boss Wade does not believe Maguire will return to Croft Park.

Wade said: “Maguire was probably naive in signing for Halifax as he is the junior partner in a plumbing company, and to commit five hours travelling twice a week just to training is not easy.

“It was the wrong move at the wrong time and it looks like he is regretting it. Halifax still want him and could dig their heels in, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out.

“It would be massive if he decided to come back to Blyth, but the likes of Darlington and Spennymoor are also likely to be interested, maybe even Gateshead, though he may be reluctant to go full-time.”

Maguire came to Blyth from Seaton Deleval Amateurs and was a key member of the side that were the leading scorers in the Northern Premier League last season and just missed out on the play-offs.

“Maguire was brilliant for us last season. He is a tireless worker and a good finisher. His goals will take some replacing but we have moved on.

“Halifax will want to keep him and will be reluctant to release him from his contract, though something will have to give in the near future you would imagine.”