It has been quite a week for Blyth Spartans striker Dan Maguire.
On Tuesday night he picked up the sponsors’ man of the match award in the 3-2 win over Ilkeston after his two goals ensured his side moved back into a play-off position in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Then on Thursday night it was confirmed that he had followed the lead of fellow Spartans young gun Arron Wearmouth and put pen to paper on a new contract at the club, handing manager Tom Wade a further boost ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy match with Skelmersdale United.
Wade said he is delighted Maguire had committed to the Spartans.
“It was a big step up for ‘Nipa’ last season, but he took it in his stride and has kept on improving ever since,” he said.
“He has exactly the type of attitude that I like in my players and I’m delighted that he’s signed the deal that the club has offered him.
“He’s still only 20 and has a big future ahead of him and we want that to be at Croft Park.”
Maguire said: “I love it at Blyth, everyone at the club has been great with me since I joined the Spartans, so I’m delighted that this has all been sorted out.
“We have had a strong start to the season and I am hoping that we can kick on from here and make it into a really great one.”
Maguire has been a revelation since his move from Seaton Delaval at the start of last season.
He has become a fans’ favourite at Croft Park with his goal scoring, inventive forward play and hard running style.
Making his debut from the bench in the FA Trophy exit at Witton Albion last season he gave little indication of what was to come.
After making his full debut against FC United of Manchester at Croft Park in December, it was not until a Doodson Sports Cup tie in January when he scored his first goal for the club.
Stocksbridge Park Steels were the opposition as Maguire marked his 20th birthday with a goal that rounded off a thrilling 5-3 extra time win for Spartans.
From that moment he has never looked back.
Despite only becoming a regular feature in the side after Christmas, Maguire walked away with two Port of Blyth Player of the Month awards before the end of the 2012-13 season and was voted Supporters’ Club Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Year.
His good form has carried on this season with the forward scoring six goals so far this term.