MA­DINE: I WAS DY­ING TO BE A BLADE...

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Steve Coombs

GARY Ma­dine was “dy­ing to make the move hap­pen” after learn­ing of Sh­effield United’s in­ter­est in sign­ing him.

The 28-year-old striker, who had scored 10 goals for Bolton last sea­son be­fore mov­ing to Cardiff City in Jan­uary 2018, will spend the rest of the cam­paign on loan with the Blades.

“There were other teams in­ter­ested but, be­lieve it or not, when I knew Sh­effield United were in­ter­ested in me I was buzzing and jumped at the chance,” said Ma­dine.

“I’ve played with some of the lads and against them, too. I was dy­ing to make the move hap­pen.

“Some peo­ple have this per­cep­tion I don’t like Sh­effield United, but that’s not true.

“I’ve had over 20,000 sup­port­ers boo­ing me when I’ve played here be­fore, it’s an in­tim­i­dat­ing place to come and some play­ers would crum­ble. But I’ve al­ways thought I wouldn’t mind be­ing part of that and it is cer­tainly a club on the up, one who play some ex­cel­lent foot­ball.

“It will be strange fac­ing Bolton and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, but I’m a Blade now and all I want to do is win and score goals. I don’t care who that is against.”

Man­ager Chris Wilder knows that strap­ping 6ft 3in Ma­dine will of­fer his at­tack some­thing dif­fer­ent.

He said: “Gary gives us a phys­i­cal­ity at the top of the pitch, tac­ti­cally he gives us some­thing dif­fer­ent, which we’ll need in the sec­ond part of the sea­son.

“If you ask any of our cen­tre-halves for their opin­ion of play­ing against Gary Ma­dine, they will all say the same, he’s a tough boy to play against.

“He is phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cally very good, too.

“Hope­fully he’ll be able to get on the end of some of the crosses that we put in.”

BUZZING: Gary Ma­dine

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