Paddy Madden future still unclear as talks between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United go on
Paddy Madden’s future could be decided today as discussions continue between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town about the five-goal striker.
The npower League One rivals entered dialogue at the start of the week – when a decision was initially anticipated – with the Glovers understandably keen to keep hold of the Irishman.
Twenty-two-year-old Madden has proven a revelation since heading south, helping fire Yeovil back into the top half of the table and above his parent club.
Huish Park manager Gary Johnson said talks were ongoing, pointing out his loan does not expire until after Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Preston North End, whilst Carlisle boss Greg Abbott suggested a conclusion could be reached as the Western Gazette went to press.
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Johnson said: “The two clubs are in discussions and that is all that can be said at this point, there’s dialogue. His loan isn’t over just yet as the minimum period is 28 days and that includes Saturday’s game but we haven’t got permission to play him in the FA Cup at this position in time.”
Abbott added: “Paddy wants to play football and that’s always been Paddy’s gripe since he’s been here (at Carlisle). He’s been really unfortunate with us. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him.
“At the moment, a final decision hasn’t been made. There are conversations going on between the two clubs and Paddy and a decision will be made probably at some point on Wednesday or Thursday.”
However, Johnson said he was hopeful two of his other five loans could join Fulham’s Dan Burn in the squad at Deepdale this weekend.
“Gozie Ugwu (Reading) will be allowed to play if he is fit, that is the only problem we have with him,” he said. “Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is coming back to me on Korey Smith, Dan Burn has been given permission and we are hopeful that Joe Edwards may become available. That is down to Bristol City, however.
“Daniel Johnson definitely cannot play as that was a stipulation when he came from Aston Villa.”
Johnson added his team must be ready to go toe-to-toe with a Preston side they have already lost 3-2 to this season.
He said: “When the draw came out we still had a couple of league games to concentrate on so we weren’t doing cartwheels at it. Now it is the next game it is now something to look forward to.
“We know Preston are a good side at the moment, they are just ahead of us in the league and we are certainly not going to go there feeling like the underdogs.
“We had a good start in the league game and they had a strong finish so we have got to make sure we start and finish better than we did when we went up there the last time.
“You know you are always going to have a battle when you come up against Graham Westley’s sides, and credit to him you know they will always be well-prepared. You have got to be ready for that physical battle. This is a one-off game where only the winner gains.”