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Hirst: Blues Move A No-Brainer

Chat with boss convinced forward to sign on loan

3 August 2021

George Hirst

George Hirst has revealed he turned down other sides to complete a summer switch to Pompey.

The former England under-20 forward has arrived at Fratton Park on a season-long loan deal from Leicester.

Speaking to Blues boss Danny Cowley proved enough to convince him about a move to the south coast.

And now Hirst is hoping he can help fire his new side to a successful 2021/22 campaign in League One.

He said: “The manager came up to Sheffield to speak with me and I really liked what I heard from him.

“I had a little bit of a decision to make regarding other clubs, but then I looked back at the chat we had and what he’s trying to do. It was a bit of a no-brainer.

"I ultimately want to score goals – that’s why I’ve come here. My strengths are running in behind and at people with the ball."

George Hirst

“If I can come in the building and help Pompey get to the Championship, then it will have been successful for both parties.

“I ultimately want to score goals – that’s why I’ve come here. My strengths are running in behind and at people with the ball.

“The more opportunities I get to do that this season, then I really do think I can have an impact on this team.”

Hirst’s father David is a former England international who appeared more than 350 times for Sheffield Wednesday.

The 22-year-old said: “He’s the first person I ring after a game. When I’ve had a good match, he’ll say I’ve played alright – he keeps me grounded.

“He’ll let me know what I’m doing right, but also what I’m doing wrong. I can pick up little things from him because he played at the top level for so many years.”


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