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Done Deal: Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine joins Cardiff City

The Goal Machine has moved on

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The news Wanderers fans didn’t want to hear in the January transfer window.

Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine has joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed (of course) fee, believed to be around £6 million.

27 year old Madine has signed a three and a half year deal with Neil Warnock’s side.

Gary Madine joined Wanderers in the Summer of 2015, but struggled in his first season under manager Neil Lennon.

When Phil Parkinson took over, Madine became a different player.

He played a key role as Wanderers were promoted back to The Championship at the first time of asking last season, scoring ten goals in all competitions.

Madine carried his goalscoring run into this season, scoring ten goals in twenty-eight games.

Speculation had been rife all window, with Cardiff bidding five times to get their man.

Upon his arrival at Cardiff, manager Neil Warnock stated:

“He’s been my number one choice all season and I’m delighted to capture him. He’s been worth the wait, although I must admit that it wasn’t until the last 24 hours that I thought it might be possible. I must thank Vincent, Mehmet and Ken for their hard work in getting this over the line. I’m sure the fans will join me in welcoming Gary to the Club.”

Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson had stated it would take an exceptional offer to sell Madine.

Now we wait for his replacement..

You can’t blame Madine for moving to a team with aspirations of reaching The Premier League.

So after scoring 26 times for Wanderers in two and a half years, we bid farewell to Gary Madine.

Thanks for the memories, and the best of luck with the rest of your career.