Rotherham United’s on-loan Leicester City striker George Hirst refused to discuss his Sheffield Wednesday exit when questioned by BBC Radio Sheffield earlier.
Hirst is due to spend the 2020/21 campaign back in South Yorkshire, after completing a temporary move from Leicester to Rotherham on Wednesday.
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The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Hillsborough but left for next to nothing in 2018, having rejected a new contract and been barred from representing the Owls at any level for the best part of a year.
Wednesday, for whom Hirst’s father David starred in the late 1980s and early ’90s, are said to have turned down a seven-figure offer from Leicester the previous summer and were expected to be compensated by a similar amount had the England youth international joined a domestic rival at the end of his deal.
But Hirst headed instead to OH Leuven, Leicester’s feeder club in Belgium, who were able to sign him for a fraction of the cost, before he moved on to the Foxes in 2019.
When asked if he could explain his version of events, though, the boyhood Wednesdayite replied: “No.”
Speaking separately to the BBC’s Rob Staton, Hirst affirmed: “I know my side of the story and I’ll keep it to myself.
“Obviously, naturally, it was tough. It wasn’t a nice situation but we’ve moved on.”
“Naturally it was tough, it wasn’t a nice situation but we moved on, I’m at Leicester now and just signed for Rotherham”
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) September 16, 2020
Hirst, who insisted he has no regrets about leaving Wednesday, has since appeared twice for Brendan Rodgers’ first team, but should get his first real taste of senior football in England at Rotherham.
Rotherham are due to host the Owls on 28th October, before travelling to Hillsborough on 3rd March.