Disgraced footballer working in prison gym

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Disgraced Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine could be released from prison as early as February, his uncle has revealed.

The 23-year-old, from Middlewood, was jailed for 18 months last week two separate attacks in bars in Sheffield city centre.

Madine, known by Hillsborough fans as ‘the Goal Machine,’ broke one victim’s nose in the Paris Bar and shattered another victim’s cheekbone in the Viper Room club.

He already had a previous conviction on his record for knocking a man unconscious in a Carlisle pub.

Leeds Crown Court heard he ‘lashed out’ when drunk on nights out with ‘little, if any, thought for the consequences’.

He was jailed for six months for assault causing actual bodily harm and 12 months for inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Using Twitter, Madine’s uncle, Roley, revealed that the shamed striker is working in a prison gym during his time behind bars.

He also revealed that he could secure an early release date from prison on an electronic tag.

He wrote: “Gary Madine update...he is working in the prison gym as a fitness coach and could be out on a tag in Feb.

“He is weight training every day.”

On another post he wrote: “Just had a nice phone call off Gary Madine, he sounds in good spirits.”

Sheffield Wednesday bosses, who signed Madine for an undisclosed fee in 2011, have not yet commented on the jail term he received or what it means for his contract.

The club stopped his £5,000 a week wages following his conviction but have not yet revealed whether they intend to sack him or keep the footballer when he is freed from jail.