Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday will not look to young striker George Hirst to fire them to safety this season according to The Yorkshire Post.

The 19-year-old Sheffield born goal machine scored 40 goals at various youth levels for club and country last season but is yet to pull on a Wednesday shirt this term with the player having been embroiled in a contract dispute.

Hirst was frozen out at Hillsborough as contract talks came to a halt but the arrival of new Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay has coincided with a return to action for the youngster and he has recently represented The Owls at under-23 level once again.

The striker could yet sign a new deal with the South Yorkshire club with contract talks having recommenced however, first team boss Luhukay has confirmed that the player is not currently being considered for a first team recall with the club needing to find the goals to help them beat the drop.

After impressing in The Owls academy, Hirst was handed his senior debut for the club in their 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Sky Bet League Two club Cambridge United in August 2016. One further first team appearance followed in a Sky Bet Championship fixture against Reading at The Madejski Stadium in December 2016.

Hirst was the joint top scorer for a young England side which won the Toulon Tournament in France last summer with four goals.

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