Hirst returns to Sheffield Wednesday set-up

Former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst has joined the club’s academy staff, The Star reports.

The 48-year-old, who became a club legend in his time at Hillsborough will begin his new role on a part-time basis. It is Hirst’s first involvement in coaching and his job with the Owls’ academy will see him working with boys from age nine up to young professionals at 21. And Hirst says that he cannot wait to get started in his new role.

“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.”

Hirst enjoyed an 11-year career with Wednesday between 1986 and 1997. In his Owls career he made over 300 appearances for the club scoring 128 goals, including 32 in the 1990/91 campaign which saw the club promoted back to the First Division.

In 1991 the ‘Cudworth flyer’ was capped for England and made three senior international appearances, scoring one goal in a match against New Zealand as a substitute.

On Hirst’s role, Ramsdale said: “He will also help with recruitment and player and parent liaison to ensure we utilise his expertise and experience.”

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