Gary Madine wins Young Player of the Month award
Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Madine scoops Football League gong after scoring six goals in September
Sheffield Wednesday’s Gary Madine has been named the npower Football League Young Player of the Month for September.
Madine expressed his delight in winning the award following a prolific month, expressing his gratitude to Sheffield Wednesday for their support since his move from Carlise United in January 2010.
“I am very pleased to get this award and I want to thank everyone at Sheffield Wednesday for helping me win it,” he said.
“I couldn’t have done it without the great service and the hard work of my team mates. I had a slow start in January but it is getting better thanks to the great support from the gaffer.”
The 21-year-old striker has impressed in the past month as he scored six goals for the npower League One side, including braces at home to Milton Keynes Dons and Exeter City, and the winner away to Yeovil Town.
The Owls’ manager Gary Megson is happy with Madine’s early season form, but the former Bolton boss insists the forward still has a long way to go in his development.
“Gary’s award is fully deserved,” said Megson. “He didn’t set off playing in the first couple of games the way he would have wanted, but the way he was playing suggested he would do.
“I’m delighted that’s he’s scoring in numbers. He’s got a lot of learning to do but already he’s developing a good scoring record.”
Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on nurturing the next generation of football talent and £12.6m is provided by the Football Association and Premier League.
And there are 8,500 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football.
The head of the programme, David Wetherhall, hailed Madine as a perfect example of the young English talent emerging from the lower leagues.
“Gary has had a prolific month in front of goal, making an important contribution to what was a strong month for Sheffield Wednesday,” he said.
“Gary has demonstrated that he is another fine example of the quality English talent being produced at Football League clubs up and down the country. I hope his career continues to go from strength to strength.”