Sheffield Wednesday: Hirst pleased to land Owls role

David Hirst, left, and fellow Wednesday legend Chris Waddle
David Hirst, left, and fellow Wednesday legend Chris Waddle
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Wednesday legend David Hirst has told of his delight at joining the Owls’ academy staff.

He has started on a part-time basis and it is a first step on the coaching ladder for the 45-year-old former striker who scored 128 goals for the club.

“I’m delighted,” he told The Star. “I’ve been trying for a couple of years to get some involvement but it didn’t come to fruition.

“Then the academy changed and Dean Ramsdale (academy manager) has got involved. Dean asked me down for a chat and asked me if I’d be interested, and obviously my answer was yes.

“He was happy for me to come on board and hopefully pass on a bit of knowledge and take it from there.

“I’ve got down to training sessions and seen a few games with the coaches, and passed on a few ideas. Hopefully they’ll be received ok.”

Hirst will work with boys from the age of nine and with young pros up to the age of 21.

Ramsdale said: “He will also help with recruitment and player and parent liaison to ensure we utilise his expertise and experience.”