No grudge as Wednesday new boy links up with red-card Madine

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JAMES Tavernier has no hard feelings as he meets up with Gary Madine again.

The Owls’ new loan signing was the opponent involved in the challenge that resulted in a second yellow card for the Wednesday striker at Carlisle and a red that landed Madine in trouble with the FA.

After the game, Tavernier made it clear that he thought the striker was unfortunate to be sent off.

The right-back has not changed his opinion, telling The Star that perhaps the home crowd’s reaction did not help, and he was not touched by the tackle.

“He didn’t intend to go for me,” said the Newcastle defender. “I just nicked the ball past him. I don’t think it was a sending-off. He didn’t get close to me.

“He came in after the game and said he didn’t mean it. I said ‘it’s okay, I know you didn’t’. I don’t hold any grudges.”

Tavernier was in Leeds United’s academy so knows Wednesday coach Neil Thompson, who was head of the Elland Road youth set-up.

The 20-year-old who left for Newcastle in 2008 regards signing for the Owls as a step up after his loan spell at Carlisle, for whom he played the last of 17 matches on November 5.

Strong going forward and defending, he played a starring role in the Owls’ 3-2 defeat at Brunton Park last month and forced a good save from Stephen Bywater with a terrific 25-yard shot.

Tavernier said: “This a great move for me. The aim was to go out on loan again to a big club in League One or a Championship club.

“The gaffer at Newcastle thought this would be a good step up for me, and I thought so.”

He can play at right back or centre half but says he prefers the former. “I love to go forward, but at centre-half I’m really comfortable. Both positions I enjoy. But I do enjoy going forward,” he said.

He is set to replace the injured Lewis Buxton at full-back when the Owls take on Leyton Orient at Hillsborough on Saturday.