Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine is back playing football again having serve just five months of an 18 month jail sentence, and his release from prison in February led to a loan move to former club Carlisle United. Two goals in four games for the Cumbrian outfit means that Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has given him a chance to play in the first team this season.
Madine, 24, hit 18 goals as the Owls won promotion back to the Championship in 2012, but his off-field discretions have seen his career stall in recent years. He now finds himself third choice at HIllsborough behind Atdhe Nuhiu and new £800,00 signing Stevie May, and whilst he's frustrated to be down the pecking order, he admitted that new Scotland international May has exceptional movement, whilst also reflecting on the club's start to the campaign.
"Stevie May's movement is second to none and that's why he's got a deserved call-up to Scotland," said Madine. "But I think we have all been very good. The boys are working hard for each other. We have all got a lot of respect for the gaffer and want to do well for him."
"We drew with Millwall in the last minute when maybe we should have held on. We should have beaten Bolton. There is an extra four points which would have put us right up in the mix," he added.
May was a reported target for Hull City, Peterborough United, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers before he made the switch to Yorkshire this summer, and has hit three goals in the opening 11 games of the season, making an impressive start to life with his work rate and aforementioned electric movement.
"I don't see why we can't be right up there. There is plenty more to come from us.”