When Paddy Madden was made available by Yeovil earlier in the season, a whole host of clubs joined the race for his signature.His record in the previous season with Yeovil saw him score 24 times in 42 appearances and it’s no surprise most clubs interested were teams in League One.
The ambition shown by Peter Swann, Russ Wilcox, and the club itself with new stadium plans and promotion, attracted Madden to drop to the fourth tier of English football to help the club to success, back to where it belongs.
He arrived to Glanford Park hungry for success, after tasting it via the play-offs with Yeovil last May.
In his feature interview with the programme for the Portsmouth game in February, the new signing admitted he wasn’t anticipating playing in this league for long.
How right he was, with confirmation of our League One status after Fleetwood dropped points against Southend, meaning fourth place couldn’t catch us with one game to go.
Speaking to the club’s website after the game, he said: “It’s brilliant to be going up.
“Our performance against Exeter was disappointing, but the main thing is we’re up and now we can hope results go our way next week so we can get the title.”
He was part of a trio of signings with Dave Syers and Marcus Williams in January which showed the club’s aspirations, as well as the players’, and Saturday was Madden’s first loss as a Scunthorpe player.
With 20 appearances and four goals since his arrival, he has played an important part in helping us stay in the top three and he is relieved to finally get the job done.
He stated: “The main thing when I came in was to get promoted and we’ve done that now.”
We now also know two of the three clubs joining us from the Championship, one of which is Madden’s former club.
While he’s excited to return to Huish Park for the claret and blue, he will also return with a heavy heart.
“It’s disappointing for Yeovil to be going back down,” he said.
“Considering the hard work we all put in to go up last season.
“It’s a good club and they’ll dust themselves off and go again and I’m looking forward to going back.”
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