Megson calls on Madine to prove himself to Sheffield Wednesday fans

Challenge: Owls striker Gary Madine will face his former club.
Challenge: Owls striker Gary Madine will face his former club.
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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.