Portsmouth unveil second signing in 24 hours after recruiting current Leicester and ex-Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday striker

Pompey have made their second signing in 24 hours with the arrival of George Hirst.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 1:30 pm
New Pompey signing George Hirst spent time on loan at Rotherham last season, seen here in action (right) against Everton in the FA Cup. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The 22-year-old has linked up with the Blues on a season-long loan from Leicester City, after training with the squad on Monday.

An England under-20 international, the striker spent last season on loan with Rotherham.

However, he was granted just four Championship starts in a total of 32 appearances during his stay, while failed to find the back of the net.

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Hirst will bolster the Blues’ attacking options, challenging John Marquis, Ellis Harrison and Gassan Ahadme for a starting spot as Saturday's League One kick-off looms.

The son of former Sheffield Wednesday and England striker David, he came through the ranks at Hillsborough before earning a move to Belgian side OH Leuven in June 2018.

Within a year he had been snapped up by Leicester, going on to make two Premier League substitute appearances in 2019-20.

Hirst represents Pompey’s third loan signing of the transfer window, along with Gavin Bazunu and Ahadme.

Overall, he’s Danny Cowley’s 10th recruit as Pompey’s head coach.

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