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Hirst stepping up

10 April 2015

Young Owl George Hirst will step up from Under-16 to Under-18 level next season.

George, son of Owls legend David, has earned his scholarship at the club after impressing through the age groups.

Supporters saw a glimpse of the forward this week at Hillsborough during the Development Squad’s derby with Sheffield United.

That was Hirst’s first appearance for the Under-21s and Lee Bullen said:

“It was great to get young George Hirst on and I thought he put himself about and had that willingness to work.

“He has deserved his opportunity and will probably get another couple of chances before the end of the season with regard to the 21s.

“We’ve got to do the right things, we’ve got to manage him right. I’m sure it was the same for Jack Waddle when he was coming on the scene as a youngster with a father like Chris.

“It’s very important to remember that George is not his dad, they are a totally different type of player, different in stature but they are both strikers so they will inevitably be compared.

“That would be wrong, George has to forge his own direction now and listen to the coaches he is working with and take his opportunities.”

Coverage of the Under-18s and Under-21s has never been more comprehensive across club channels, including at, YouTube for the goals and highlights and in the matchday programme ‘Wednesday’.

And we’ll have George’s progress, along with all the new scholars, covered throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

Bullen added: “He is a good finisher, he has been prolific at the levels he has played.

“As it stands, he is one of the bigger players in his age group at 16s but he will be playing against players the same size, if not bigger and stronger in the 18s and 21s, so it will be about how he reacts and adapts to that.”

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