Paddy Madden: It already feels like home at Yeovil Town
Hot shot Paddy Madden has settled so quickly at Yeovil Town that being at Huish Park already feels like home.
The Carlisle United loanee has been a revelation since moving south, scoring seven goals in ten npower League One appearances. His form saw the temporary deal extending to January, with manager Gary Johnson revealing talks had taken place about a permanent switch in the transfer window.
Madden, 22, had netted just twice in a challenging 18 months in Cumbria and admitted he was reaping the rewards of regular action with the Glovers.
“I love playing games,” said the Irishman. “A lot of people see next month as a busy period but I will take and look forward to every game as it comes. I obviously want to play as many games as I can. I am loving it at the moment and long may the games come.
“Everyone around the club has made me feel very welcome, this feels like home here now, I’m loving it. I have settled into the style of play and it doesn’t feel as if I’m on loan, it feels like home and it is a great place to be. Me and Dan Burn live together, he is a great lad and we get on really well.”
Madden will have to wait until the Glovers’ clash with Notts County on Saturday, December 8 before he can pull on the green and white hoops again. His appearance for Carlisle against Preston North End in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy earlier this season rules him out of Yeovil’s area quarter-final with Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday.
The former Bohemians man also watched from the stands as his parent club crushed the Glovers 3-1 on a wet Saturday afternoon in npower League One last weekend. Madden accepts he could be forced to watch Yeovil potentially reach Wembley in the JPT but backed the club’s bid to reach the final.
“I am doing a lot of watching at the moment,” he said. “It will be a big game and the team has a good chance of winning it or at least getting to Wembley. That’s in the gaffer’s mind and in the players’ minds. We know what we want to do and I am sure everybody around the club wants to get to Wembley.”
On staying sharp whilst sidelined, Madden added: “The gaffer (Johnson) looks after us with days off and we don’t over do it. He knows well enough if we should have a day off after a game or should come in and do a light session.”
Madden backed the play-off chasing Glovers to return strongly from defeat to Carlisle, drawing reference to their spirited win against Crawley Town that came just days after a similar reverse at Swindon Town.
He said: “The pitch was like a mud bath at Crawley and it was incredibly difficult to play on. But we had to roll our sleeves up and get on with it. It is up to the players to bounce back and we can’t let our heads drop. We are good enough to get in the play-offs so that is where we want to be and who knows what will happen then.”