Gary Madine today joined his former club Carlisle on loan for the rest of the season and expressed his determination to help their League One fight against relegation.
His temporary exit from Hillsborough was no surprise and nor was his destination.
Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh had previously expressed an interest in the striker, and Madine had said on social media that would like to return to Brunton Park one day.
Owls boss Stuart Gray said today: “Gary needs some first-team football and with the options I have at the moment, he would find it hard to get into the team.
“He is familiar with Carlisle, he has played over 50 games for them in the past, so this is a good opportunity for him.”
Gray, blessed with midfield options, also allowed David Prutton to join Coventry on loan for the rest of the season.
Prutton recently returned to the Owls squad after a long lay-off with an ankle injury.
Gray has been pondering a loan move for Madine to sharpen his fitness, since he was released from prison last month, after serving a sentence for assault.
The striker has been playing in Under 21 games for the Owls but is now stepping up to League One action and will be in Carlisle’s squad at Tranmere on Saturday.
He said: “I regret a lot of things I have done but I am grown up now.
“Maybe [prison] was a blessing in disguise - I got carried away with myself in my younger days and I’m hoping it’s all behind me now and I can be a better person.
“I’m really grateful to have another chance to get my career back on track.
“I know the club’s in a bit of trouble at the minute in the relegation zone so hopefully I can score a few goals and help them.”
Madine joined the Cumbrians in January, 2011, in a deal that was worth up to £800,000 to them.
Carlisle are fourth from bottom, behind Tranmere on goals scored.
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s young keeper Joe Wildsmith today moved on loan deadline day to Alfreton for the rest of the season.
Academy goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley has left to become Barnsley’s goalkeeping coach.