Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Madine has been named the September Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League.

The 21-year-old striker impressed in September, notching six goals in five appearances for the npower League 1 side. The haul included braces at home to Milton Keynes Dons and Exeter City, plus the winner away to Yeovil Town.

Gateshead-born Madine joined the Owls from Carlisle United in January 2011 having risen through the ranks at Brunton Park. In 2010, Madine scored the Cumbrians' only goal in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final defeat to Southampton.

Prior to his arrival at Hillsborough, Madine had loan spells with Rochdale, Coventry City and Chesterfield.

In receiving the award, Gary Madine said: "I am very pleased to get this award and I want to thank everyone at Sheffield Wednesday for helping me win it.

"I couldn't have done it without the great service and the hard work of my team mates.

"I had a slow start in January but it is getting better thanks to the great support from the gaffer."

And Sheffield Wednesday manager, Gary Megson, added: "Gary's award is fully deserved. He didn't set off playing in the first couple of games the way he would have wanted, but the way he was playing suggested he would do.

"I'm delighted that's he's scoring in numbers. He's got a lot of learning to do but already he's developing a good scoring record."

Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. Around a third of this money (£12.6m) is provided by the Football Association and Premier League. There are 8,500 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football.

Head of Youth Development at The Football League, David Wetherall said: "Gary has had a prolific month in front of goal, making an important contribution to what was a strong month for Sheffield Wednesday.

"Gary has demonstrated that he is another fine example of the quality English talent being produced at Football League clubs up and down the country. I hope his career continues to go from strength to strength."

Each month, the Young Player of the Month Award is awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football. To be eligible the player must be either under 21 years of age or be playing in the season during which he turns 21.

During the 2010/11 season, 249 players aged 21 or under made their professional debuts in The Football League.

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