Sheffield Wednesday: By George he is a talent, admits Lee

Owls legend David Hirst
Owls legend David Hirst

There may well be a new Hirst on the Sheffield Wednesday block in a couple of years from now.

George Hirst got his first taste of second-string football in midweek, coming on as a second-half in the Steel City derby.

Like his father David, who is an Owls legend, George is a striker. The teenager has impressed the club’s academy staff as he looks to make the grade as a professional footballer. Coach Lee Bullen is excited by Hirst junior’s potential but the Scot insists they will not rush his development.

“It was great to get George on against Sheffield United and he put himself about,” he told The Star. “He deserved his opportunity, worked hard and will probably get another couple of chances for the Under-21s before the end of the season. George will step up to join the Under-18s next year.

“He plays in the same position as his dad but they are different types of players so it would be wrong for people to compare them.”

Asked to outline George’s attributes, Bullen said: “He works hard and is probably one of the bigger players who play in his age group.

“His hold up play looks good and he fully deserves his scholarship.

“George has to forge his own direction and continue to listen to the coaches he has been working with.

“We’ve got to do the right things with George and make sure we manage him right. I’m sure it was the same for Jack Waddle as a youngster with a father like Chris.

“The fans should not use his dad’s name to put pressure on him as that’s unfair.”

It has emerged the Owls have taken up the option of keeping young defender Will De Havilland for a futher year.

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