Aiden McGeady says Sheffield Wednesday spell made him consider quitting football

A general view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football...

The Sunderland winger spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan to Sheffield Wednesday from Everton.

Aiden McGeady has told Open Goal that he considered quitting football while on loan to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Sunderland winger spent the second half of the 2015-16 season with the Owls, but appeared just 13 times for Carlos Carvalhal's side.

In only three of those games was McGeady on the pitch for more than 70 minutes, and his inability to gain 'momentum' almost caused him to take drastic action.

Aidan McGeady of Everton (2L) is shown a red card and is sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick after a challenge on Mark Noble of West Ham United (R) during the FA Cup Third Round Replay...Aiden McGeady in action for Everton

Discussing his move to Hillsborough from Everton, the Irishman said: "I knew I needed to play. I thought: good club. Big club - a bit of a sleeping giant Sheffield Wednesday. They play good football. The manager was all over me as well, which was strange because he was all over me and he never played me.

"It didn’t quite work out really. I felt I didn’t play that much. I got subbed a lot and couldn’t really get any momentum going. I was coming off the back of not playing as well, for six months. (I was) probably a bit unfit as well - match fitness - and I didn’t really have much time to get up to speed. I had to hit the ground running.

"Honestly when I was at Sheffield Wednesday there was times where I remember texting my dad - I got taken off at half time three games in a row (it was actually three times in seven games) and I was like: I’m on the verge of quitting football here. I lost the love of football. I was thinking I don’t know if I want to play any more. I was thinking of packing it in. Thoughts like that were coming into my head. I thought: I don’t really need this any more, I’m not enjoying it."

After returning to Everton last summer, McGeady went on to have what he describes as his best season since he was at Spartak Moscow for Preston North End.

The 31-year-old started all but two of his 34 Championship appearances at Deepdale, scoring eight goals and creating another nine for his temporary employers.

Aiden McGeady of Preston celebrates scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End at Galpharm Stadium on April 14, 2017 in...Aiden McGeady in action for Preston

Commenting on the difference between his two loan spells, McGeady praised Preston's then-boss Simon Grayson - who signed him permanently for Sunderland last month - for giving both he and his attacking teammates the freedom to express themselves.

Can the former Everton man take last season's form with him to Sunderland?

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