Lincoln City have today completed the signing of former Sunderland forward Chris Maguire. He has signed a two-year deal with his capture being confirmed by the Lincoln City official club website. Maguire was signed on a free transfer following his release from Sunderland when his contract expired.
Forward Chris Maguire Completes Move to Lincoln City
The Imps have completed the signing of experienced forward Chris Maguire on a two-year contract ✍️
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) July 7, 2021
Chris Maguire and Michael Appleton Reunited
In signing for the Imps, Chris Maguire has been reunited with his former manager Michael Appleton. The pair worked together at Oxford United and Portsmouth, with Appleton believing that the Scotland international can be of help to him and his squad in the coming season. Appleton told the Lincoln City website: “He brings us a lot of quality in two or three positions, he is very experienced so will help the group in difficult moments throughout the season.
“He is a leader who brings some real know-how, he will really help the young players in the group and help bring a balance to the squad.”
Experienced League One Player
Maguire will undoubtedly add experience to Michael Appleton’s side. The 32-year-old has just ended a three-year stay on Wearside with Sunderland where he narrowly missed out on promotion twice via the playoffs. Previously, he had spells at Oxford United and Bury in League One. Maguire also has an abundance of Championship experience having played for Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.
So far in his career, Maguire has played over 500 games, scoring 106 goals. 28 of those came at the Stadium of Light in the past three seasons.
Chris Maguire Looking Forward to Getting Started at New Club
Shortly after signing for Lincoln, forward Chris Maguire admitted that he couldn’t wait to get started and has been impressed with what he has seen so far. He said: “It’s good to get it over the line. I’ve been talking for a little bit with the manager over the summer so to finally be here and to get it signed and done, I’m delighted to get it sorted.
“I was surprised when I came in [with the facilities] the pitches look good and there’s a nice gym.
“I’m looking forward to getting started. Lincoln had a good season last year and looking at the League they were probably unlucky not to go up.
“They were probably the best footballing team in the division and obviously the relationship I have with the manager was a big factor in coming here – the length of the contract I was getting offered.
“After speaking with him everything just fell in place and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”