Born in Durham, Marcus Maddison began his career with Newcastle United – despite being a boyhood Sunderland fan.
He gained his first taste of senior football during a loan spell at Blyth Spartans in November 2012, scoring once in two appearances for the Northumberland-based club before returning to the Magpies.
However, he failed to make a single appearance for the St. James Park outfit and departed to join St Johnstone following a successful trial with the Scottish Premier League side. It was a move that failed to work for the youngster though, as he again failed to feature in the first-team at McDiarmid Park.
His next destination – again after another successful trial – was Conference Premier club Gateshead, who he joined in August 2013. He scored ten goals in 33 appearances in his first season to help them reach the play-offs, losing to Cambridge United in the final.
Four goals in five games followed at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, which persuaded Peterborough United to pay an undisclosed fee to bring him to London Road in August 2014.
Maddison hit the ground running at Posh, winning the EFL’s Young Player of the Year award in October 2014 and finished his first season at the club with eight goals in 30 appearances in all competitions.
Establishing himself as a key figure in the Peterborough side, he scored 13 goals and registered 14 assists in 45 games during the 2015/16 campaign, following that up with nine goals and 18 assists in 48 games in 2016/17.
Maddison signed a new three-year deal at London Road in August 2017 and continued to shine in 2017/18, a campaign which saw him play under Grant McCann. He scored 12 goals and made 22 assists in all competitions that season and was nominated for the EFL League One Player of the Season award, alongside team-mate Jack Marriott.
His remarkable consistency continued last season, with Maddison recording another ten-goal haul and 22 assists as Peterborough narrowly missed out on a League One play-off spot, finishing one point below Doncaster Rovers in seventh.
Maddison has largely been deployed as a No 10 in the first half of the current campaign, scoring ten goals and providing six assists in his 26 appearances to-date.
In total, his impressive stats as Peterborough United played read 62 goals and 86 assists in just 249 games – with the talented 26-year-old now looking to showcase his talents in English football’s second-tier for the first time in his career with the Tigers.