Alan Biggs: Gary Madine has a debt to pay

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Only been a bit of a buzz going round about a supposed “bonus” payment to Gary Madine but as far as I can make out the only meaningful incentive to the liberated Sheffield Wednesday striker is to repay some faith next season.

From enquiries, all that’s happened on the financial front is that the Owls have started paying Madine again following his early release, in February, from an 18 month jail sentence.

Wednesday suspended his salary – rather than sacking him, as was falsely claimed in court – following his conviction for two assaults. The striker’s wages, thought to be around £5,000 a week, were then reinstated.

So the talk of him pocketing a £40,000 “bonus” is probably equivalent to the pay he received in the ensuing two months.

This will have been only partially reduced by his loan move to Carlisle. Madine has a year left on contract and has a debt to the club that stood by him.

If he’s not the fittest player reporting back to Middlewood Road in early July then there’s something wrong somewhere.