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Carlisle United offer support to Gary Madine

Gary Madine
Madine has made 70 league appearances, scoring 10 goals

Carlisle United say they will offer their "full support" to striker Gary Madine, who could face prison.

Madine, 20, attended Carlisle Crown Court on Tuesday to alter a previous not guilty plea.

The player pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to a man in the Beehive pub in Warwick Road, Carlisle on 27 February.

A club statement read: "The club is determined to give him the full support he needs to help him through this."

It added: "There is an ongoing legal process and, as such, we are unable to comment."

Following the appearance in court, Madine went on to score a hat-trick in Carlisle's 4-0 win at Hartlepool on Tuesday.

The statement also explains the absence of boss Greg Abbott from the club's post-match news conference at Victoria Park.

Birtley-born striker Madine progressed through the club's youth ranks to earn a professional deal at Brunton Park, and made his debut against Nottingham Forest in March 2008.

We would like to reiterate that Gary Madine is a young player, living away from home

Carlisle United statement

During his time at Carlisle, the forward has also spent time on loan at Rochdale, Coventry and Chesterfield.

To date he has made 70 league appearances, including 19 starts, and scored 10 goals.

The club statement read: "The club was contacted by local, regional and national media organisations throughout the day on Tuesday for comment on the ongoing legal proceedings concerning Gary Madine.

"A number of club officials, including the manager and members of the playing staff, were handling calls on the issue until just before kick off at Hartlepool on Tuesday evening.

"The club was in the difficult position of not being in possession of the facts surrounding yesterday's hearing, with the focus very much on the build-up and preparation for what was another very important League One fixture, and was therefore unable to comment.

"We feel that the performance and result in the game on Tuesday evening vindicated the decision to take that stance.

"As media interest grew around off-field matters ahead of kick off, particularly at a national level, it was decided that the best policy for the club would be to avoid contact with the press until the full facts had been ascertained.

"Unfortunately this meant that the manager was subsequently unable to attend the post-match press conference at Victoria Park.

"The club will now sit down with Gary Madine later this week to discuss the current situation, but we would like to stress that there is an ongoing legal process and, as such, we are unable to comment in depth at this time.

"We would like to reiterate that Gary Madine is a young player, living away from home, and that the club is determined to give him the full support that he needs to help him through this situation and to ensure that he can move forward in the future."

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