Wednesday pair give warning to George Hirst after youngster signs first professional contract

Lee Bullen and Liam Palmer have moved quickly to keep the 17-year-old grounded.

Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Lee Bullen has echoed Liam Palmer's warning to young striker George Hirst.

Hirst signed his first professional contract at Hillsborough on Wednesday, after impressing for the club's Under-18s this season and scoring twice on his debut for England's Under-17s.

But having passed on his congratulations to the 17-year-old, who's the son of Owls legend David, first-team right-back Palmer assured him the "hard work starts now". 

Then after poking fun at Hirst's dress sense, Bullen, a former Wednesday captain, reinforced what Palmer had said to him.

Palmer knows all too well the level of work required to progress from Wednesday's academy and into the first team.

The 24-year-old, who's shared his place with Jack Hunt this season, has been the Owls' regular right-back for the past three seasons, following a season on loan at Tranmere Rovers.

Palmer made his senior debut six years ago, as a central midfielder, but was unable to tie down a regular place in the team.

Hirst can also look to Joe Wildsmith for inspiration, after the former academy goalkeeper broke into Carlos Carvalhal's first team this season and earned a call-up to England's Under-21s.

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