Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has given his own views of his final months at Huish Park claiming that a better run of games would have helped him develop into a Championship level player. The 23 year old signed for League Two side Scunthorpe United yesterday, ending a sixteen month association with the Glovers, but sought to play down rumours of big fall-outs during his time at the club, in an interview with BBC Radio Humberside.
Madden said that he wasn't entirely sure why things went downhill for him during the 2013-14 season, but thought he needed more than the nine Championship games that he was given before he was put on the transfer list:
"I'm not really sure to be honest. Obviously, I've not had enough game time and I think to get the best out of me, I need a run of games. I wasn't given a run of games this year for whatever reason. But I want to put that behind me now and look forward to the challenge at Scunthorpe."
Where Madden was more certain was on the subject of rumours that there had been a contract dispute at the club: "No, not at all" whilst he refused to criticise Glovers boss Gary Johnson. Madden was asked if there had been a breakdown in the relationship between the pair:
"No, I wouldn't say so. He is the man that gave me my chance down at Yeovil, and so I'd like to thank him for that, and that's really all I can say on the matter."
Scoring 23 goals during the 2012-13 season, Paddy said that he had enjoyed his time down in Somerset, and felt that his decision to move from Carlisle United, initially on loan in October 2012, had been the right one for him at the time:
"It was massive. Things didn't work out at Carlisle, but then I got my chance down at Yeovil and to show people what I could do. I came in half way through the season but then finished as League One's top goalscorer, so it was a great season for me personally and obviously for the team as well."
The BBC asked Paddy if he was leaving Yeovil Town with any bad feelings towards the club. The Irishman made clear that was not the case, and described his time down at Huish Park as the best year he'd had as a footballer:
"It's a great club down there, with great fans. The fans just let you play, and if you're working hard down there then the fans will love you. I enjoyed the year down there and obviously it was the best year of my career. It was sad leaving, but it is exciting times in signing for Scunthorpe and looking forward to the challenge."
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