Sheffield United: Madine swoop would have been too risky: Latics boss

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Gary Madine could have been facing Sheffield United at Boundary Park tomorrow had Lee Johnson, the Oldham Athletic manager, not elected against signing him on loan.

Madine, who instead brokered a short-term agreement with Carlisle after being allowed to leave parent club Sheffield Wednesday, must adhere to a 7pm curfew following his convictions for GBH and ABH last year.

Johnson considered the possibility of recruiting the 23-year-old when he was released from prison on license two months ago but said: “We spoke about him. We spoke to the player and to Sheffield Wednesday.

“We just felt that you need to be sure, if you bring someone in, that they are going to be 100 per cent fit and focused. He has done well for them (Carlisle) but you see the issues and it is pretty much why we decided to go with what we’ve got.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham midfielder David Worrall has told officials at New York Stadium that he wants to return to Lancashire when his temporary contract with Athletic expires.

“I would love to stay here and the staff, the gaffer and the lads know that,” Worrall said. “I think it would be a good move for me, to get the games I was missing at the start of the season. I have loved the way I have been treated. But it is not in my hands.”