Sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton has told The Star that the whole squad are behind teammate Gary Madine.
The striker played the first half of the Owls Under 21s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at Middlewood Road yesterday. Wednesday substitute Simon Hanna cancelled out Kyle McFarlane’s 30th minute opener.
It was Madine’s first run-out since being released from prison last month. He came close to scoring on four occasions with headers and his display would have impressed watching Spireites boss Paul Cook, who is thought to be interested in taking him on loan. Half a dozen clubs are believed to be monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation.
Madine, under contract at Hillsborough until the end of next season, is looking to resurrect his Wednesday career, having resumed first-team training just over a week ago.
Prutton, fit-again after an ankle problem, said: “It is good to have Gary around. He has been very humble and apologetic which is only right and is the mature way of going about things.
“We all know Gary and what he’s had to go through. He’s got to deal with it but we will do our utmost to help him out.”
“Gary is a lovely fellow,” he added. “There have been a couple of times where he has not covered himself in glory but we all have been there where we have acted a certain way which wouldn’t reflect who we are.”
Prutton hopes Madine has learned from his past mistakes.
“I’m sure he’s had heart-to-hearts with people who he feels close to,” he said. “But from a grown up aspect, this is where he works and earns his money. He has to come in and put his mature head on.
“He’s got to learn from the experience. I would like to think the people who are closest to him have told him he’s had a big wake-up call. Hopefully he will move on from it.”
It is unlikely either Madine or Prutton will figure in Wednesday’s Championship encounter at Yeovil Town this afternoon.