Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire’s backing for bad boy Madine

Gary Madine and Chris Maguire
Gary Madine and Chris Maguire

Chris Maguire has backed fellow Owls striker Gary Madine to put his off the field troubles behind him and get his career back on track this season.

Madine, released from prison in February after serving four months of an 18-month sentence for two assaults, spent time on loan at Carlisle United at the end of last season, hitting two goals in five starts.

But the 23-year-old, contracted to Sheffield Wednesday until 2015, returned to his parent club in May and is aiming to impress head coach Stuart Gray in pre-season.

Maguire told The Star: “People will be saying it is a big season for Gary and I think he knows that himself. He will want to prove that he’s put everything that has happened off the field behind him. He’s missed a lot of football but he’s got the chance to show what he can do. He will be fit for the season coming so will be like a new player.

“I’m sure Gary will be looking to kick on, get a place in the team and show everybody he still knows where the net is.”

Madine hopes to spearhead the Owls’ attack when they travel to York City for their opening pre-season friendly this Saturday.

“I want to try and get in the team,” he said. “If not, then hopefully I will get in a team somewhere else.”