Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Hero’ Clark persuaded Madine to join Seasiders

Gary Madine in action on his Blackpool debut.
Gary Madine in action on his Blackpool debut.

A chance to play for one of his footballing heroes persuaded Owls striker Gary Madine to move to Blackpool on a temporary basis.

The 24-year-old, who is set to remain at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season, revealed Seasiders boss Lee Clark, a former Newcastle United midfielder, played a big part in his loan move.

The Gateshead-born player, who spent nearly three months on loan at Coventry City earlier this term, said: “Lee Clark is a hero of mine and all of my family are big Newcastle supporters so I couldn’t say no. It was an easy decision.

“As soon as I got the phone call and I heard Lee [Clark] was interested, I couldn’t say no really to my chance to play in The Championship again.

“I’ve been out on loan in League One and as every professional footballer will say, you play at the highest level you can.”

Speaking after their 2-1 reversal at Ipswich Town, Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray explained why he decided to let Madine, who began his career with Carlisle United, leave.

He said: “I’ve got competition up front and felt Gary wasn’t going to get as much football here now so just allowed him to out and play.”

Since joining Wednesday in 2011, Madine has scored 27 times in 113 matches. He has played on 13 occasions for the Owls during the 2014/15 campaign, scoring just once. His contract runs out in the summer.

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