Sheffield Wednesday: Madine released from prison

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Gary Madine was released today from Armley prison, Leeds.

The Owls striker was sentenced to 18 months last October for two attacks on fans in separate incidents in Sheffield.

Manager Stuart Gray visited him in the jail earlier this week.

Gray explained today: “I’ve been to see him. I needed to have a good hour with him, a nice chat. He’d due to see us all next week, the chairman, Paul Aldridge and myself.”

Gray said the player was “fine”, and added: “Obviously very remorseful, very apologetic; realises he’s been a silly boy; but I think he’s looking forward to getting his boots back on as well.”

When asked whether he anticipated having Madine back, the head coach replied: “I’m not going to jump to any conclusions. We’ll sit down and discuss with him.

“I just felt I needed to go and see him in that environment. At the end of the day he’s contracted to Sheffield Wednesday.”

Gray said that the meeting involving chairman Milan Mandaric and vice-chairman Aldridge would probably take place in the middle of next week as the Owls have their game against Charlton on Monday.

Madine has another year left on his contract.

He said today on Twitter: “Thanks for all the nice messages, I’m sorry for letting so many people down. Can’t wait 2 get back training, feel stronger than ever!!”