Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ace happy to bide his time

Owls striker Gary Madine holds off Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy
Owls striker Gary Madine holds off Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy
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Gary Madine insists he is prepared to be patient as he waits for a regular place in Sheffield Wednesday’s starting line-up.

The 24-year-old has featured in 11 out of the Owls’ 14 matches in all competitions this season.

But Madine is still waiting to make first Championship start, with eight of his appearances coming from the substitutes bench.

Nonetheless, the forward, who netted in the Capital One Cup victory over Notts County, is ready to bide his time.

He told The Star: “I can’t grumble at not playing a lot because Atdhe [Nuhiu] has been very good. He’s had a couple of off games but in others he has been unplayable.

“He has shoved defenders around and hold up and link up play has been good. He brings other players into play.

“Attey is very tough and awkward to play against because he is a big lad. He is six foot six and he’s very tough to play against and a good player to have in your side.

“Stevie May’s movement is second to none and that’s why he’s got a deserved call-up to Scotland. As long as I am there or thereabouts, I’m happyish.”

In recent weeks, Owls head coach Stuart Gray has stressed he wants to increase competition for places up front. Signing a striker on loan is at the top of his priority list.

But after a hard-working second half performance at Leeds United, Madine is aiming to force his way into Gray’s long-term plans.

“I would like to start more games as it is tough coming off the bench,” he said. “I’m chomping at the bit to start more matches and hopefully, whe I get my chance, I will take it.

“I put myself about against Leeds so hopefully that’s in the back of the gaffer’s head now and he’s got a decision to make.”