Fight is on vows ‘Heff’

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PAUL Heffernan is vowing to fight for a Wednesday place despite the striker competition becoming even hotter with the arrival of Gary Madine from Carlisle.

“I want to get in the team,” said Heffernan. “We’ve got some good players; all I can do is to try to impress the manager. Hopefully I’ve done that.

“There’s nothing worse than sitting on the bench every Saturday.

“The manager knows I want to play. Everybody in the squad wants to play. That’s the problem he’s got. It’s all competition; we’re going to need competition.

“I have to fight my way into the team.”

The 6ft 3ins Madine, aged 20, signed at the same time as Motherwell defender Mark Reynolds and joins Heffernan, Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison in the striker pool.

“Every striker at the club brings something different to the table,” said Heffernan. “He [Madine] is more of a target man; as a striker, you try to work little combinations with other strikers; he’s a big man; I could do well with somebody like that.

“I don’t think I have proved a point [by scoring]. The manager sees me every day. He knows what I can do. He brought me to the club.”

The fees for the two new players have not been disclosed. There has been speculation that Madine could eventually cost £800,000, depending on add-on payments, and that the Reynolds deal is £100,000-plus.

Irvine said: “Mark is a good defender, very quick, and a fantastic professional. He’s 23 and has played 170 league games.”

The Owls boss spoke to Aberdeen and former Motherwell managerial duo Craig Brown and Archie Knox about Reynolds: “They, and everybody else I spoke to, gave him glowing references as a professional.

“He brings defensive quality to our team. I see him as someone who can play left back or centre back; he has also played for Scotland Under 21s as a defensive midfield player.

“Gary Madine is a big lad, a very good target man, good in the air, with a very good touch.

He scores goals; he’s mobile and aggressive; he has a lot of qualities and a lot of potential.”

Madine had a month on loan at Chesterfield early last year. This season, he scored four of his 13 goals in Carlisle’s 6-0 home FA Cup win against non-League side Tipton, and three in a 4-0 League victory at Hartlepool.