Before you get excited, there is no suggestion this player is interesting Danny, or that he’s linked with the club. Please, don’t comment going ‘he’s already doing such and such’ or ‘I’ve seen him at the Bentley’ because the likelihood is, you haven’t.
As you might know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of writing for footballleagueworld.co.uk recently, focusing mainly on Championship stuff because I want to be up to scratch in three years when we join the elite.
One of the players that I’ve come across as being unattached and offering a bit of quality is former Forest and Wednesday midfielder Lewis McGugan. McGugan is without a club having been released by Northampton earlier this season. He was released before the deadline, which means he could move to Sincil Bank on a free transfer, if the situation ever arose.
He’s a relatively local lad, born in Long Eaton and he made his name playing for Forest, coming through the youth system and making a total of 229 appearances, scoring 44 goals. He was highly thought of at the City Ground too, a dead ball specialist with a bit of style and panache on the ball. He could play out wide, but tended to offer more sitting behind the front two, pulling the strings in an attacking midfield role.
After leaving Forest he moved to Watford and later Hillsborough, but didn’t catch the eye with either move. He ended up frozen out at Wednesday and appeared to have fallen out of love with the game, before his Northampton lifeline.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post after he joined the Cobblers, he said: “I’ve had a really, really bad last couple of years where things haven’t worked out for various reasons. I think it was best for everyone to just start again, and move on and try to get my career back going. That’s all I’m trying to do really. I’ve not played for a very long time so it’s just a case of trying to ease my way back in and try to get back to playing football.”
McGugan, who is still only 29, played 14 times for Northampton, scoring once in their 3-3 Checkatrade Trophy draw with Southampton U21s. He was released by Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in January, along with Ryan McGivern, with his former Forest coach saying: “”We wish them both well with their careers moving forward, but we have decided not to extend their contracts at Sixfields.”
Could McGugan do a job for City? He’s only ever played Championship football up until this season and, with 7 of his starts coming in League One, he clearly reached some level of match fitness. He’s young enough to still make a difference and could add an option in the middle of the park, especially crucial given our centre-back situation at present.
He does sound like a player who has fallen out of love with the game, a crying shame if you ask the Forest fans who got used to chanting his name at the City Ground. sadly, it is a common story, good players falling out of love with the game and not even drifting down the divisions. Look at Cameron Stewart, a talented boy who spent a year at home rather than playing.
I’m sure the Cowley’s aren’t looking at McGugan, but with his experience and relatively young age, he could be a really interesting addition to the Imps squad.