“You never say never,” he said. “Nottingham Forest was a massive part of my life and career. I made my debut at 17 and I left at the age of 24. It’s where I’m from.”
McGugan started his career at Forest, making 224 appearances and building a reputation as something of a free-scoring midfielder. Well known for his long-range shooting ability and playmaking skills, the now-26-year-old has scored 43 goals in his spell at the City Ground.
He left on a free transfer at the start of last season to join Watford, who had just missed out on a place in the Premier League. Playing under Gianfranco Zola, McGugan divided opinion, with his attacking ability sometimes not making up for his lack of team ethic.
A strong individual season for him could not make up for a poor campaign for the Hornets, and he headed into the current campaign as something of an outcast for Giuseppe Sannino. Changes in manager at Vicarage Road did not increase his game time, and he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan in November.
He has since made 18 appearances and has had a big attacking effect on Stuart Gray’s side, and the same Mail report links him with a permanent transfer to the Owls in the summer.
That move is currently looking more likely, with him enjoying his time at Hillsborough, and Forest under a transfer embargo. But, if his hometown club can overcome their financial troubles, and start to challenge for a place in the top flight, it would come as little surprise to see the free-scoring midfielder step out at the City Ground once again.