Madine open to Pool future talks

Gary Madine in action against Leeds last week
Gary Madine in action against Leeds last week
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Gary Madine says he’s ready to sit down with Blackpool and talk about a long-term deal.

The striker has fired three goals in eight games since joining on loan from Sheffield Wednesday last month.

The 24-year-old, who will remain with Pool for the rest of the season, will be out of contract at Hillsborough in the summer and several Championship clubs are believed to be monitoring his progress.

Pool boss Lee Clark has expressed his wish to keep Madine at Bloomfield Road but the player says talks are yet to begin.

Madine said: “I’m a free transfer at the end of the season. Who knows what will happen in the summer?

“The gaffer hasn’t spoken to me about next season yet but if he does we will have a chat. You never know.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, even though it’s obviously difficult being bottom of the league and everything.

“I have a gaffer here who I really respect and the lads are great. I can’t say a bad word about anyone here.”

Madine will be high on Pool’s wish-list as they plan for life in the third tier. He is a proven League One striker with Carlisle and with Wednesday, scoring 18 for them in his last full season at that level (2011-12).

But after impressing in a struggling Pool side, Madine hinted at higher ambitions.

He added: “I’m just trying to do my best to earn a future. That’s what the gaffer keeps telling me to do.

“I think I’m proving I’m a Championship player. People keep telling me I should be, but for one reason or another I’ve not established myself.

“Hopefully I can add a couple more goals this season and my CV will look much better.”

Madine’s goal earned Pool a home draw with Leeds in their last game, halting a run of six straight defeats, and the striker feels performances are improving.

“Maybe the fact the pressure is off can help us, who knows?” he said.

“Miles Addison has made a huge difference. He’s been like a captain bossing people about.

“Michael Jacobs has also been really lively since he came in. I feel a bit sorry for him having to play on that pitch. If you see him in training, he’s a really good technical footballer.

“Hopefully we can end on more of a positive note.”