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