The 21-year-old joins the newly-promoted Millers on a season-long loan deal.
George Hirst Joins Rotherham United on Loan
Hirst Returns to South Yorkshire
Hirst’s professional career began at Sheffield Wednesday as he followed in the footsteps of his father (David), who holds legendary status at Hillsborough after playing for the club for 11 years between 1986 and 1997.
However, Hirst Jr’s time with the Owls was much more short-lived as he made just two senior appearances. He joined Belgian side OH Leuven in June 2018, who were then managed by Nigel Pearson.
In the Belgian second division, the England U20 international impressed and netted three goals, which resulted in him earning a move to Leicester, who share the same owners as Leuven.
Last term, Hirst showed a great deal of promise for the Foxes’ U23 side and, as a result, he was handed his top-flight debut against Tottenham Hotspur in July.
With a number of players seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order at the King Power Stadium, the 6’3” striker has now been given a chance to prove himself in the Championship. He becomes Rotherham’s seventh signing of the summer so far.
Hirst’s debut for the Millers could arrive on September 19 when they are due to face Millwall at home.
What Was Said
Speaking to Rotherham’s official club website, Hirst expressed his eagerness to impress at second-tier level.
He said: “I’m delighted to get it done. It’s a big opportunity for me.
“To come to Rotherham and find out that they’ve been after me for a while was obviously a big part in my decision.
“I have my own ideas of what is a successful season and what isn’t so successful, but we’ll take it one game at a time and hopefully get there.”