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Sheffield Wednesday striker open to Blackpool stay

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine has told the Blackpool Gazette he would be open to staying with Blackpool. 

Madine would be happy staying at Bloomfield Road

Madine would be happy staying at Bloomfield Road

The striker, on loan at the Tangerines from Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season, has hit three goals in eight matches since joining the club last month.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at Hillsborough in the summer and the Gazette understands a number of Championship clubs are monitoring his progress at Bloomfield Road.

Seasiders boss Lee Clark wants to keep the player at the club but Madine has said talks are yet to begin.

“I’m a free transfer at the end of the season. Who knows what will happen in the summer?” said Madine to the Blackpool Gazette.

“The gaffer hasn’t spoken to me about next season yet but if he does we will have a chat. You never know.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, even though it’s obviously difficult being bottom of the league and everything.

“I have a gaffer here who I really respect and the lads are great. I can’t say a bad word about anyone here.”

Blackpool can be officially relegated to League One next weekend and Madine is proven at third tier level having hit 18 goals for Wednesday in his last season at that level.

The striker began his career at Carlisle United after progressing through the youth ranks and went on to score 13 goals in 67 appearances for the Cumbrians.

He had loan spells at Rochdale, Coventry City and Chesterfield before joining Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011.

Madine found the net 26 times in just over 100 appearances for the Owls, including 18 in the season Wednesday finished second in League One during the 2011/12 campaign.

But in October 2013 Madine was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm in two separate attacks and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

He was released in February the following year spent the rest of the 2013/14 season on loan at former club Carlisle.

Madine has featured ten times for Wednesday this season, and after a short loan spell at Coventry, he joined Blackpool until the end of the season in February.


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