GARY Madine heads back to his old club tomorrow with something to prove - not to Carlisle fans but to those of Sheffield Wednesday, says Gary Megson.
The Owls manager wants the £400,000 striker to show that his superb display in Tuesday’s draw at Bournemouth set a standard that he is capable of upholding and even bettering.
“Gary has everything: size, touch, goals; he’s got to get better in every aspect, and he will do because he’s a young lad,” he said.
“He did ever so well at Bournemouth and showed the best bit of skill I’ve seen for a long, long time. Nicky Weaver kicked the ball downfield and when Gary brought it down it was like a butterfly with sore feet landing on his foot.
“He’s a got a good chance to have a really good career in football if he sorts out one or two things.”
Madine arrived with a bad-boy reputation but believes he has turned over a new leaf.
Megson said: “We’ve spoken to him about things off the field; he’s improving the things he does on the field.
“He’s got something to prove to the Wednesday supporters; he’s not been here that long. He’s 20; he’s got to keep pushing.”
Madine, who has added three Owls goals to the 13 he scored for Carlisle before January, said: “I’m looking forward to going back. When I was saying my goodbyes I had a tear in my eye.
“I’ve put all my bad memories behind me. In the last year I’ve really knuckled down and I got my reward in when Wednesday came in.
“I had a bit of a bad record off the field. I think they saw past that and saw what I’m like on the pitch, which is pleasing.”
Madine was a Newcastle fan, and his favourite player is Andy Carroll, so he enjoyed it when Huddersfield boss Lee Clark called him the Carrol of the lower divisions.
“I’m a confident lad anyway; to hear that is a bonus,” he said.