Is Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan already thinking about life after playing?

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McGugan has not appeared for Sheffield Wednesday since May 2016.

Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan celebrates scoring their first goalSheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan

Lewis McGugan may not have been seen for much of the past 12 months but, thankfully, the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder is very much alive and well.

McGugan, who last appeared for the Owls' first team since May 2016 and was transfer listed shortly after, has been keeping himself busy in Northern Ireland.

Although the former England Under-21 international is still only 28, it appears he is already thinking about life after playing, having been spotted on a coaching course with the Irish FA.

Coach Seamus Heath tweeted a picture of McGugan on Thursday, alongside several other familiar faces on the B licence programme - including ex-Wednesday loanee Alex Bruce and current Rotherham United boss Paul Warne.

McGugan, who remains a popular figure with many Owls fans, is under contract for another 12 months at Hillsborough and his prospects don't appear to be getting any greater, with head coach Carlos Carvalhal said to be eyeing yet another central midfielder this summer [Sheffield Star].

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos CarvalhalSheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal

When fit, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, Sam Hutchinson, David Jones, Almen Abdi, Ross Wallace, Jose Semedo and even Urby Emanuelson have all been picked ahead of McGugan in his favoured position.

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Lewis McGugan of Sheffield Wednesday in action with Reece James of Huddersfield Town

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