Rotherham boost as Leicester striker signs season-long loan

Date published: Wednesday 16th September 2020 5:55

Rotherham have boosted their attacking options by securing the services of Leicester striker George Hirst on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old frontman passed a medical on Tuesday. And now he’ll try his luck at the Championship club, who opened the campaign with a 1-0 win at Wycombe.

The move marks a return to South Yorkshire for Hirst.

The 21-year-old was on the books of Sheffield Wednesday but failed to make the same impact there as his father and former England international David.

Indeed, Hirst left Wednesday under a cloud in 2018.  He made just two first-team appearances and refused to sign a new contract.

His next move was overseas to Belgian club OH Leuven.

The England youth international signed for Leicester in July 2019 and made two Premier League appearances at the end of last season.

For his debut, Hirst got just seven minutes in a 3-0 defeat at Tottenham and was also a late substitute in a 2-0 home reverse against Manchester United.

 

But he’s shown his talents in Leicester’s U21 squad with four goals in seven appearances.

That included the winner from the penalty spot in the 2-1 EFL Trophy win over Hull at the KCOM Stadium earlier this month.

Warne gets his man after two-year wait

Rotherham boss Paul Warne is a long-time admirer of Hirst and tried to sign him two years ago on loan.

Warne had tipped fans off about a Premier League loan signing.

He told TheStar: “I’m really hopeful that I will have another striker in this week.

“In this league, you can be good box to box – which we were the last time we were in the Championship – but sometimes you need someone to do a bit of brilliance inside the area and get you a win.

“That’s why the strikers earn the big money: they change games with bits of class. We do need more competition up top, a real goalscorer.”

And after securing the deal for Hirst on Wednesday, Warne told the Rotherham Advertiser: “He’s developed really well physically.

“He’s good in the air, he’s happy to run in behind, he’s happy to help the team out. From our point of view, he’s a perfect fit for us.”

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