Following the speculation linking Cardiff City striker Gary Madine with a move to Bramall Lane and Sheffield United, yesterday evening saw the paperwork go through the appropriate channels and he’s now ours for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 28-year-old striker comes in to bolster our options upfront and across his career he’s made 250 starting appearances, with a further 123 substitute showings – those games have returned a total of 85 goals.
???? MADINE SIGNS
⚔️ Sheffield United are delighted to announce the signing of Gary Madine on loan from @CardiffCityFC.
????‘When I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance.’
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) January 7, 2019
A lot of Blades fans will be curious about this capture owing to manager Chris Wilder previously slamming the player (2017) for a lack of respect after a video emerged which seemed to show him insulting Billy Sharp, but clearly that issue has been put behind everyone involved but a further twist is the player spent four years at Hillsborough, so he’ll have to win some fans over.
Quoted by Sky Sports after completing the move yesterday evening, he was certainly saying the right things about his arrival.
“There were other teams interested, but believe it or not when I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance. I’ve played with some of the lads and against them too, I was dying to make the move happen. Some people have this perception I don’t like Sheffield United, but that’s not true. I’ve had over 20,000 supporters booing me when I’ve played here before, it’s an intimidating place to come and some players would crumble. But I’ve always thought I wouldn’t mind being part of that and it is certainly a club on the up, one who play some excellent football.”
If he can back up his words with his performances, he might just have some of those fans cheering him on in future!