Sheffield Wednesday: Clubs keep eye on Madine

Gary Madine plays for the Under 21s at Middlewood today
Gary Madine plays for the Under 21s at Middlewood today
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Scouts from other clubs may be present when Gary Madine plays for the Owls Under 21s against Birmingham at Middlewood today (1pm).

Stuart Gray’s revelation that around half a dozen clubs have asked about taking the striker on loan suggests that he will be in the shop window as well as relaunching his Owls career.

Madine, recently released from prison, has “looked sharp” in training, says the manager, and he and fit-again David Prutton are due to have 45 minutes today.

Gray has not ruled out letting Madine out on loan to aid his return to match fitness.

But he has also placed a challenge in front of the striker by saying: “He might have a few cameo roles. coming off the bench for me, but what he produces on the training pitch and in these games might force my hand to pick him as the out-and-out striker.”

Madine has another year left on his contract and so does Liam Palmer but Gray has revealed that the club are already looking to extend the right back’s deal.

“The young element, like Lavery and Palmer, we see as the future of the club and we want to tie them down,” he said. “The older lads know nothing can be done until we’re mathematically safe.

“The more lads we can get coming through the academy, I think the fans want that, we want that, and I think your club benefits when you have home-grown talent in the team.”

Gray confirmed a left-back spot for Jeremy Helan at Yeovil. Reda Johnson will be out for another 10 to 14 days with a new injury, to his thigh.

Joe Mattock is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks. But Lewis Buxton is back in contention.