June 21, 2024

Sheffield Wednesday are set to test Cardiff City’s stance on defender and former loanee Mark McGuinness this summer, according to journalist Darren Witcoop.

The 22-year-old Irish defender has been with the club since July 2021, but with just 12 months left on his contract, his long-term future remains up in the air and following promotion, Darren Moore’s side are hopeful of re-signing the defender this summer.

Who is Mark McGuinness?

The centre-back is a product of the Arsenal academy and had his first real break whilst on loan with Ipswich Town. He joined Cardiff in July 2021, but made the switch to Sheffield Wednesday in August 2022 on what was initially a season-long-loan.

During his time at Hillsborough, McGuineess made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and became a firm fans favourite at the club. However, he was recalled by Cardiff in January and spent the remainder of the season with the club, featuring 19 times in the Championship.

Promotion secured

Sheffield Wednesday at one stage of the campaign, were eight points clear, before going eight matches without a win, which ultimately cost them their place in the automatic promotion places.

In the play-offs, they started poorly by losing 4-0 to Peterborough United in the first leg and looked down and out. However, they managed to turn it around by securing a thrilling 5-1 win and winning the penalty shootout. In the final, they were held until the final minute of added time at the end of extra time, until Josh Windass headed home the winning goal.

What’s been said?

Journalist Darren Witcoop posted a tweet on social media, confirming that Sheffield Wednesday will be testing Cardiff’s reserve this summer. He stated…

Sheffield Wednesday will test Cardiff’s resolve by targeting defender Mark McGuinness this summer. Following promotion back to the Championship, Darren Moore has McGuiness on his Owls wish list follow an impressive loan spell this season.”

Writer’s View

Personally, I did see this move coming, especially given how popular McGuinness was at Hillsborough and how disappointed the clubs fans were, when he was recalled in January.

Darren Moore’s side will need to be active in the transfer market, if they are going to survive next season and I do firmly believe that someone like McGuinness is exactly the kind of signing they should be targeting this summer.

 

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