Sheffield Wednesday: Madine fears for Owls future

Gary Madine
Gary Madine

Gary Madine claims Sheffield Wednesday would allow him to leave on a free transfer in the January transfer window.

The striker, who has notched three goals in seven starts during his loan spell with Coventry City, is out of contract with the Championship club at the end of the season. His deal at Coventry runs out on January 4, although the Owls have inserted a 24-hour recall clause as part of the agreement.

Asked if he thinks Wednesday will want a fee for him, the 24-year-old said: “No, I don’t think so. I think they’ll just be happy to get me out. Certainly that’s the impression I get.”

The Gateshead-born player, who has featured 13 times for Wednesday this season, says he is enjoying playing regular first-team football.

“The gaffer [Stephen Pressley] has mentioned trying to get me here permanently and I’ll be more than happy to do that, as long as I am playing football every week,” he said. “That’s all I want to do.

“I am playing for my livelihood. I am out of contract in the summer and hopefully if I get a few more chances I am sure I will start sticking the ball in the back of the net more.”

It appears Madine has been deemed surplus to requirements by Owls boss Stuart Gray but the lanky forward added: “If I get the chance to go back, I will give it my all for the club. But if not, I will look elsewhere.”

Given his goal-scoring exploits, interest may hot up for Madine’s services in the New Year.

He said: “I just want to keep scoring goals. I have got a proven record in this league but you can’t live on the past.

“As long as I can recapture the form that I had a couple of years ago, hopefully there will be interest.

“But, at the minute, I am just enjoying playing for Coventry City and thankfully the gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me.”