Republic of Ireland striker Sean Maguire said he was keen to make a "fresh start" after joining Coventry City from Preston on an initial deal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old, who has 12 caps for the Republic of Ireland, joined Preston from Cork City in 2017 and made 170 appearances for North End, although he failed to score in any of his 10 league matches in 2022-23.

Beginning his career in Waterford, Maguire signed for West Ham in 2013-14, though didn't break into the first team in his 18 months at the East London club.

After subsequent spells at Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley and Dundalk, Maguire's career was re-ignited at Cork City, where his goals propelled them to the 2017 Premier Division title.

He departed for Deepdale in the summer of '17, scoring 24 goals over 170 appearances. He made the last of his 12 appearances for Ireland in the 0-0 draw at home to Bulgaria in the 2020 Nations League. He has scored one goal for his country, coming in a 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand in November 2019.

"I'm delighted with the move. Once I heard of Coventry’s interest I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible," Maguire told the club's website.

"I’ve been at Preston almost six years and it was a roller-coaster at times.

"I played regularly when fit but for the last year-and-a-half I haven’t played as much for various reasons.

"But a fresh start at Coventry is something I’m striving for. You haven’t seen the best out of me in the last few years but this is the right club and manager."

Maguire joins on the same day another Irish player signs for the club, former St Patrick's Athletic defender Luke McNally signing from Burnley.

McNally in action for Oxford

The 23-year-old from Enfield signed from Oxford during the summer and has made four appearances for Vincent Kompany's side.

Mark Robins' Coventry are 15th in the Championship having won just once in eight league games since the World Cup, and were beaten 4-2 at home by Norwich in their last match.

"We're very pleased to welcome Sean to Coventry City," said Robins. "He is an experienced striker at this level, who has a number of qualities that will help us between now and the end of the season.

"He can hold up the ball well and is adept at bringing others into play. He will provide a very good option for us in the forward area, and we look forward to working with him.

"We're very pleased to welcome Luke to Coventry City," added Robins. "He is a very talented footballer, who is strong defensively.

"He's big and athletic, and strong in the air, and is a very good addition to our squad."

With additional reporting: PA