Gary Madine is aiming to end his “horrible” season on a high and prove a point to both of the clubs involved in today’s Hillsborough showdown.
The striker yearns to show that he should be a regular in the Wednesday side and that Middlesbrough should not have rejected him when he was a 16-year-old.
Most of all he wants to help the Owls clinch survival and insists that they will not be relegated: “I don’t want to think about going down. It’s not going to happen.”
Although he netted in the 3-1 defeat at Boro in November, he has started rarely and notched only four goals: “I wanted to play in the last couple of games. That’s not been so. Hopefully I can (against Middlesbrough) and score.
“It’s not all about me. We’ve got 20-odd lads who are working hard every day, and all the staff who are driving everyone together.
“It’s been a horrible season for me. I haven’t scored enough goals or played enough games. Hopefully I can start pre-season well and cement my place.”
Boro declined to offer him an apprenticeship, and he played Sunday football for a few months before joining Carlisle.
“It’s always in the back of my mind that Boro released me. I want to prove them wrong,” he added.