Now I want to help Owls go up, says Madine after arson case is dropped

Owls Gary Madine signs the shirt of fan Oliver Rains at the clubs open day at Hillsborough yesterday.

Owls Gary Madine signs the shirt of fan Oliver Rains at the clubs open day at Hillsborough yesterday.

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine says he wants to concentrate on getting the club promoted after an arrest for alleged arson was dropped by the police.

The 20-year-old, who signed for the Owls in January from Carlisle United, was arrested for suspected arson in Gateshead in May.

However, in a statement, Northumbria Police said Madine, from Gateshead, will face no further action.

After scoring in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Worksop Town on Saturday, Madine told The Star it was a weight off his shoulders even though he expected the matter to be resolved.

He said: “I knew it was coming. I was a bit surprised to see it in a national papers; I felt a bit hard done by. I felt victimised. I knew I hadn’t done it and everyone else knew I hadn’t done it.

“But when you’re in Sheffield 150 miles away from Newcastle they don’t know what’s going on. They just read something in the newspaper and automatically assume I’ve done something wrong. I’m glad it was dropped.

“It was always in the back of my mind. I don’t know what other people were thinking. But I always knew I hadn’t done it and now everyone does too.

“I just want to get on with my football and score like I did today.”

Madine was one of a number of Wednesday players to impress against Worksop. His 25-yard strike was the highlight of the match.

He said he was pleased to open his account in pre-season: “I’m definitely happy to get off the mark.

“It was a good performance by the lads, we could have had a few goals but they’re not a bad side to be fair even though they are a few leagues below us.

“The gaffer said at the end of last season that we’d be the fittest team in the league this season.

“We haven’t been doing much short and sharp stuff, it’s all been long distance so that’s all in the tank.

“Hopefully when the short stuff’s done it will last us for the rest of the season.

“The gaffer wants us to play differently this season. We have to work that in these sort of games and I think we’ve done that.

“I think we just underachieved last season. I’m excited because I know what we’re capable of. The gaffer has brought in some quality players, so I think we’ve got a great chance this season.”

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