Madden: Being in Irish squad is amazing
PADDY MADDEN was on the brink of a return to League of Ireland football just 12 short months ago when fate delivered him to Yeovil Town on loan. He hasn't looked back since.
"I was in Carlisle, and I was thinking about coming home and playing in Ireland because I wasn't getting enough games. Gary Johnson gave me my chance at Yeovil and I've taken it," he said, grinning from ear to ear.
Goals flowed for Madden at Yeovil and after finishing top marksman in League One from an October start, he is ready to take on the Championship, though he previously thought international recognition was a long way off.
"You can see the different standard in the Championship and managers will want to see if you can cut it in the Championship. I thought I would have to be longer in the Championship and score a few goals and then hopefully have got the shout. But, thankfully, I have got it early."
When Marco Tardelli turned up at Yeovil's tussle with Birmingham, Madden knew he had a chance of making the squad for Wales.
"Yeah, I heard our gaffer saying that he was coming. I was tuned in that he was coming and it makes you focus that extra bit.
"I was told I was on standby a week ago and it was amazing. It was recognition from scoring goals last season," he said.
"So now to be in the squad is an amazing feeling. I would have known Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick from underage teams and I obviously know James McClean from the League of Ireland. It helps you and makes you settle in that bit quicker.
"You get a little bit star-struck when you see John O'Shea because I was a big Man United fan growing up so to be training on the same pitch as him is amazing, really.
"It just shows you the ups and downs of football.
"At Carlisle, I was not really enjoying it and I was not really playing. But it just shows you that if you keep working hard then you will get the rewards."