George Hirst’s loan debut for Rotherham ended in defeat, but the Leicester City forward proved why he has been on the Millers’ radar for almost three years.
Hirst played the final 25 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 championship loss to Millwall, showing his strength in the air and his quality on the ball to impress boss Paul Warne.
“You can see why I brought George to the club,” Warne said. “He has to get used to the way we play, he’s only trained for two days but I think it’s a brilliant acquisition and every time it hits him you think something is going to happen.
“I’m not saying he’s fast, but his movement is very fast, but he’s tidy and just seems to get things moving all the time.
“His game, he’s not like a kid, he’s mature as a player and a person and I think he’s going to be great.”
Warne added, “It took a long time for this to happen. I wanted it for two and a half years. I desperately wanted to bring him in.
“We have been updated regularly by Leicester. we constantly spoke to Jon Rudkin, Leicester’s hiring manager and George’s agent.
“We just had to be patient, like you do with Premier League loans. It’s good to get him through the door. It’s a nice boost to our attack line.
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City’s other two loaned players also suffered defeat, Daniel Iversen, Kamal Sowah and sister club OH Leuven losing 3-1 to Oostende, goalkeeper Iversen withdrew at half-time due to from an injury.
The Dane will now be forced to watch the next matches from the side.
Leuven boss Marc Brys said after the loss: “We probably lost Iversen for several weeks with a hip injury. In this phase where Daniel got injured the yellow card had to be drawn a second time. . That didn’t happen. I think it’s crazy. “