SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Madine eager to win back place

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GARY Madine is ready and waiting for Dave Jones’s call as he sets his sights on making his mark in the Championship.

Last season’s top scorer has lost his place in the Owls side but scored twice in last week’s Under-21 Sheffield derby.

Madine knows he cannot count on a place against Leeds on Friday but is confident that he can score goals whenever he gets a chance in the team.

The 22-year-old hit 18 goals in the League One promotion season but acknowledges the experience of recent signing Jay Bothroyd and the form this season of Chris O’Grady.

Madine has been on the bench eight times and started only five games - two in the league and three in the Cup.

“It’s been disappointing,” he told The Star.

“I came back for pre-season in the best shape I’ve ever been but got injured at Oldham and Chris O’Grady came in and took his chance well.

“I’ve been sitting and waiting; just when I thought I might get back in, Chris poped up with a few goals - fair play to him.

“Jay has played at this level, and the gaffer has gone for experience rather than youth.”

Madine’s only previous Championship experience was as a sub during his loan at Coventry from Carlisle in the 2009-10 season.

He added: “It’s hard to take. I scored against Fulham in the cup and I thought I played well; Jay was signed a couple of days later.

“You have to respect the gaffer’s decision. When I do get my chance, I know, and I think every Sheffield Wednesday supporter knows, that I’ll score goals.”

The striker says that he will work hard to try to regain his place and can only learn from men suxh as Bothroyd and coach Paul Wilkinson, who was a top-flight striker.

Owls boss Dave Jones said: “It was good for Gary to get back on the scoresheet.”

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