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George Hirst pens first Owls professional contract

30 March 2016

Owls academy striker George Hirst has penned his first professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

The 17-year-old has signed a deal at Hillsborough that will run until summer 2018.

Hirst – son of Owls legend David – has enjoyed an outstanding season to date for the club.

A regular on the scoresheet at Under-18 level, the forward has also made the step up to feature for the Owls Under-21s throughout this campaign, with considerable success.

Such has been his achievements at club level, the promising forward was called up to the England Under-17 squad earlier in the year, where he promptly made his mark on the international stage.

Hirst scored two goals on debut for the Three Lions in their 2-2 draw with Germany in the Algarve tournament.

The towering striker will now continue his development with Wednesday, where he harbours big ambitions for the future.

He said: “Wednesday are my boyhood club and it is a dream to sign on professional terms. I am absolutely delighted to sign and there is nowhere else I would rather be.

“I came here five or six years ago and from then, I’ve never really looked back and here I am today signing my first contract.

“Obviously the hard work really begins now. I’ve worked hard to get this opportunity and now it’s all about kicking on, becoming a better player and who knows maybe the first team in the near future hopefully.

“This has been a season to remember, that is for certain. Getting the England call-up was an amazing experience and the goals topped it off for me really. Now I have got a taste for it, I want even more.

“I want to keep playing well for Wednesday, keep scoring the goals and hopefully more England call-ups will come.”

On Hirst senior, George added: “He’s given me advice on what to expect and what not to expect. But it’s really good having someone like him as my father to help me along and give me tips here and there.”

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