Sheffield Wednesday youth coach explains high hopes for George Hirst, son of club legend David

The teenager is impressing in the youth ranks at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday fans have many fond memories of their former striker David Hirst. He played for The Owls had the big Yorkshireman upfront from 1986 until 1997. He scored over 100 goals in his Sheffield Wednesday career in nearly 300 appearances for the club.

Now they might have a perfect suitor coming through the ranks, in his son George.

The 16-year-old has been in great form for the under-18s in recent times and last season even featured for the under-21s - he even scored against Sheffield United.

Wednesday youth coach Neil Thompson has been speaking about the teenager today and he clearly believes there is a future for the lad at Hillsborough.

He told the Sheffield Star:

"I remember watching George play in a game when he was 13.

“He is now six foot four and one of those players who is a bit gangly.

“But he is finding his body and it will connect in a year or two when everything feels comfortable.”

Times are changing at Wednesday. The new ownership has seen big investment and a foreign influx coming into the team - making progression to the first-team more difficult for a player like George Hirst.

But he is a local lad with Sheffield Wednesday in his blood and fans would love it if, in two years time or so, he can make an impact in the Owls first-team.

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