Lewis McGugan criticises Watford treatment after Sheffield Wednesday move

Lewis McGugan has criticised Watford after completing his Sheffield Wednesday move.

Ex-Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan has slammed his former club for the treatment he received during his last 18 months at Vicarage Road.

In an interview with ESPN FC, the 26-year-old - now a Sheffield Wednesday player - admitted that he had lost his enjoyment for the game throughout the difficult spell.

The attacking midfielder completed his permanent move to Hillsborough last week after two successful loan spells at the club last season. Making a total 22 appearances, while scoring three goals, for Wednesday during this time, he quickly established himself as a fans' favourite. 

Having finished the 2013/14 campaign as Watford's second highest goalscorer, as the club reached the play-off final, it was the departure of manager Gianfranco Zola that proved the final nail in the coffin for McGugan's Hornets career.

With new coaching staff in place, the 26-year-old found himself increasingly in the wilderness at Vicarage Road - a situation that has been brought to an end by his switch to Hillsborough. Naturally, the player has criticised the club for its handling of his situation.

"At the end I did not feel wanted by Watford and I don't know why that was," the Englishman told ESPN FC.

"I went to Sheffield Wednesday last year and it put a smile back on my face and I started to enjoy the game again.

"It was nice to feel wanted again and I could feel that support every time I played, while at Watford I did not feel they wanted me around there."

McGugan is understandably relishing the prospect of returning to Wednesday having quickly proven himself last term and he is desperate to to repay the faith the club and fans have shown in him.

Like the current players and staff at the club, he we will be gunning for a promotion challenge during the upcoming Championship campaign. 

"I love the Sheffield Wednesday fans and I want to repay them for their support," he added.

"The Sheffield Wednesday owners are ambitious and they want to try and get the club back to the Premier League."

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