Yeovil v Oldham preview

BY foxsports • December 21, 2012

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine says he wants to stay at Hillsborough for the rest of his career.

Madine has spent nearly two years at Hillsborough after signing from Carlisle following a series of loan spells.

Madine, just 22, has praised the Owls faithful for their support and says he wants to remain in South Yorkshire for the remainder of his playing days.

"I absolutely love the fans," he said. "I hope I spend the rest of my life here. I really, really mean that. The support's absolutely incredible.

"Last season, the way people were with me, I've never had things like that.

"I've come from a background where I've not really had a lot. I go to places with my family now and people are like 'Gary, we'll sort you out, we'll get you this, we'll get you that'. People are just eager to do things for you and it really, really does make you feel special."

And although Madine has struggled to hit the heights he reached in last season's promotion campaign, he is still confident he is capable of playing at a higher level.

"I've got to say I want to play higher which, at the minute, I've not really done it at this level yet," he added.

"I know I can do and hopefully, you never know, a year or two, maybe a little longer, I can step up again."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has his loanees on his mind with one suspended, one having returned to his parent club and another set to feature for the last time before heading back.

The Glovers will have to undergo a defensive reshuffle against Paul Dickov's men with Fulham defender Dan Burn missing after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Walsall.

Another regular who will not be featuring is midfielder Korey Smith who is set to hold talks with Norwich about his future this week after returning to Carrow Road having made 18 appearances in his three-month stay.

And versatile full-back Joe Edwards, who has been with the club since September from Bristol City, will play the final game of his loan spell against the Latics.

Edwards, who has made 16 appearances and scored one goal, has impressed at right-back, right wing and in the midfield.

Oldham goalkeeper Alex Cisak remains a major doubt.

Cisak had to leave the field in the closing stages of last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Swindon at Boundary Park having suffered a gash to the forehead that left him with concussion and requiring seven stitches.

The 23-year-old returned to light training on Thursday and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Huish Park, but the burden on boss Paul Dickov is eased as fellow keeper Dean Bouzanis is available once more having served a three-match ban.

Cliff Byrne was substituted after 16 minutes against the Robins due to a back injury but has returned to full training and expects to feature at the weekend.

Matt Derbyshire has returned to Nottingham Forest at the conclusion of his loan spell, meaning Robbie Simpson and Matt Smith are battling to partner Jose Baxter in attack.


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