Sheffield Wednesday: George Hirst makes goal-scoring return to action in the Owls' Under-23s loss at Leeds United

George Hirst marked his return to action with a goal as Sheffield Wednesday's Under-23s fell to a 3-2 defeat at Leeds United today.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23 February, 2018, 14:23
Wednesday striker George Hirst scored for the Under-23s against Leeds

The striker, who has not played for the Championship during the 2017-18 season after a contract dispute, lead the line for Wednesday’s development squad at Thorp Arch.

The visitors fell two goals behind but Hirst was instrumental in their comeback. The England Under-19 international won a sixth minute penalty, which was converted by midfielder Almen Abdi.

George Hirst scores against Leeds at Thorp Arch

And Hirst got on the scoresheet himself in the second half after going through on goal. It was, however, Leeds who edged the five-goal thriller and took the derby spoils.

Wednesday appeared resigned to losing the 19-year-old at the end of the season when his contract expires.

However, The Star understands talks over Hirst’s future have been resurrected between the Owls and the player’s representatives.

It was Hirst's first outing for the Owls this season

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Hirst has trained with the first-team this week, having been left out in the cold for the vast majority of the campaign.

“I know he’s a very talented footballer,” said manager Jos Luhukay.

“Every week I keep an eye on our young players.

“In the next weeks and months maybe we will have more players from the Under-23s or Under-18s play for us.

George Hirst scores against Leeds at Thorp Arch

“When you go seven months without a game in the competition you cannot expect the player to be 100 per cent in his best performance.”

To view a gallery of match action shots from George Hirst’s return CLICK HERE

It was Hirst's first outing for the Owls this season