Sheffield Wednesday striker appears in crown court

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday star striker Gary Madine has appeared in crown court facing charges over two separate alleged incidents.

Madine, who scored his first League goal of the season for the Owls on Friday in a 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, is due to face trial next year, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Madine, 22, at Leeds Crown Court.

Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Madine, 22, at Leeds Crown Court.

The 22-year-old rising star is charged with wounding in relation to an alleged incident at the Paris Bar on Carver Street in Sheffield city centre, in the early hours of February 5 this year.

The former Carlisle United striker is also charged with affray and intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to a separate alleged incident in Sheffield city centre the following month.

Speaking only to confirm his name, Madine sat quietly in the dock for the short hearing and was told the prosecution wished to join the two separate allegations together.

A further date was set for a plea and case management hearing and a provisional trial date was pencilled in for next April. Madine was released on bail.

Nicknamed ‘The Goal Machine’, Madine began his career with Carlisle United, where he made his first team debut in 2007.

The 6ft 3in striker was sent out on loan in 2009, first with Rochdale and then Coventry City before joining Chesterfield in 2010 on loan.

Gateshead-born Madine signed a permanent contract with Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £800,000 including add-ons.

Madine scored 18 goals in League One last season as he helped fire the Owls to promotion to the Championship.