Rotherham United new boy Chris Maguire says he’s happy to have swapped a club who refused to offer him what he thought he was worth for one where he feels a wanted man.
Millers followers have quickly taken to Maguire, who played for more than an hour in Saturday’s’ win over Bundesliga side FSV Mainz, and afterwards manager Steve Evans enthused: “We’ve got a top player, an absolute top player.”
Forward Maguire, still working his way to full fitness after a summer spent training on his own since leaving Sheffield Wednesday, said: “It’s always good to hear that the manager has got total respect for you.
“It’s always a good start to get that, Every player knows it’s good to get that confidence, and I am no different.”
Maguire left the Owls after rejecting a reduced deal and chose the Millers ahead of other Championship suitors on the strength of what boss Evans had to say and the chance to play centrally rather than out wide.
“Talks went well, and he said he sees me more as a striker in the number 10 role,” the Scottish international said.
“I didn’t get that opportunity at Wednesday, but at the same time the manager there told me why.
“Don’t get me wrong, if I am asked to play right-back, left-back I’ll do a job for the team and work hard.”
Maguire described Wednesday as “a great club” with “brilliant fans”, but criticised the Owls over the sacking of head coach Stuart Gray and other incidents after the takeover by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri.
“I thought Stuart Gray had done a fantastic job with what he had available to him,” he said. “I think not just myself but every one of the other boys in that team were gutted when they heard the news and thought he deserved a chance.
“The takeover happened. They started bringing in staff to basically dictate what players they wanted to bring in. It should be the manager deciding who he wants to keep.
“Then a couple of weeks later the manager was sacked. I’m not going to sign for a team that’s not got a manager. You don’t know who’s going to come in. Things might change.
“They were bringing somebody else in and then somebody else was coming in and the next week they’ve left and somebody else was coming in.”
Maguire will be part of the Millers side which plays a behind-closed-doors friendly at Sunderland tomorrow.