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.”