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Jamie McGrath Returns To Scotland After Wigan Moves Misfires

Jamie McGrath Returns To Scotland After Wigan Moves Misfires
By Luke Delaney

Jamie McGrath only moved to Wigan on deadline day in January, penning a two and a half year deal at the Latics but he has already sealed a move away from the club.

The attacking midfielder arrived at Wigan after impressing on the international stage with Ireland after some terrific performances against Portugal for Stephen Kenny's side.

With the likes of James McClean and Will Keane part on the Irish contingent at Wigan, most people thought that it would be a great move for the former St. Mirren man. Sadly, this wasn't the case and the Athboy native would go on to make just two appearances during their League One campaign last season.

Dundee United have now signed McGrath on loan until the end of the season, with McGrath not in Leam Richardson's plans for the upcoming Championship campaign.

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McGrath found himself not included in the Ireland squad for their Nations League games in June after a fantastic start to his international career.

The new Dundee United man has made six caps for his country since making his debut against Andorra in 2021. His first start came in the 2-1 defeat to Portugal in Faro where he assisted John Egan's goal from a corner.

1 September 2021; Bruno Fernandes of Portugal in action against Jamie McGrath of Republic of Ireland during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying group A match between Portugal and Republic of Ireland at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Aberdeen's interest in Jamie McGrath

Aberdeen were also interested in McGrath with manager Jim Goodwin having previously worked with the player at St. Mirren.

Aberdeen owner Dave McCormack took to Twitter to clarify why they had pulled out of the race to sign McGrath for the upcoming season in the final stages.

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McCormack said:

"To clarify some media we rejected a loan player who wanted to come to Aberdeen due to their club’s demands. Good players should be good value."

There's no doubting Jamie McGrath's talent and after seeing how good the attacking midfielder has been in previous stints in Scotland, a move to Dundee United could prove valuable especially with the lack of game time he found with Wigan.

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Should McGrath re-find the form he showed in the first half of last season, there's no doubt that it will only be a matter of time until he gets called back up to the Ireland squad.

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