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Madine more than happy at the Lane

19 February 2019

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Gary Madine says he couldn't be happier, after netting his first goals as a Blade at the weekend.

The striker has impressed since arriving at S2 last month and his efforts were rewarded with a well-taken brace against Reading on Saturday, much to his delight.

He remarked: "The Gaffer knew I'd bring something a little bit different. I'm that horrible centre-forward that people don't like playing against.

"Sometimes you need that, sometimes, like at Villa you have to do the dirty things well to get over the line.

"I didn't really get going at Cardiff. I tended to play the tough away games and didn't feature so much in the so-called easier home fixtures."

Madine added: "I wasn't getting the chances, I lost a bit of fitness and it affected my confidence. I was six hours away from home and I'm a bit of a home boy.

"I'm getting home three our four times a week now and as you can see I'm playing with a smile on my face again and I'm hoping the fans are seeing what I'm trying to bring to the club.

"I'm sure they can see my loyalty to Sheffield United now, I even hurt myself trying to make a tackle when we were 4-0 up!"

Gary Madine netted twice in United's impressive success over Reading on Saturday and the striker admits he's loving life at Bramall Lane.

Madine, on-loan until the end of the season from Cardiff City, has impressed since arriving last month and got his rewards against the Royals with a first-half double in front of a rare spectator.

He remarked: "It's been a long time coming, I've not scored in nearly a year, but I've also not played much football.

"I'd like to thank the Gaffer for showing faith in me, the lads who have been brilliant with me since I walked in and the fans gave me a great reaction, I couldn't ask for anymore.

"My Mam came to the game too, which she doesn't normally do, so it was nice to get the two goals for her. She's going to have to come every week now though!"

Madine added: "It wasn't a difficult decision to come here. A while ago, the goalkeeper coach at Bolton mentioned Chris liked me and I said then 'I'd love to go there'.

"I know the way I play helps, I give 100% and work my socks off, I'm not going to beat three or four players, but the fans appreciate hard work and I managed to top it off with a couple of goals.

"Football wise this was the perfect move, the Gaffer has had success, it was a no brainer for me, we've got quality across the pitch and this is the place to be at the moment."

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