Harrogate Town have continued their recruitment for the upcoming season by adding former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Conor Kirby to their ranks.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Macclesfield, impressing during his time there, but he struggled to force his way into the manager’s plans at Hillsborough and was released at the end of the season having made four substitute appearances in all competitions for the Owls.
He becomes the club’s first signing since they won promotion from the National League. Manager Simon Weaver, a former Sheffield Wednesday trainee himself, explained his delight at securing the youngster’s services.
“Connor acquitted himself very well at Macclesfield and had a really impressive season,” Weaver said.
“He’s a really energetic centre midfielder who is willing to break forward and put a tackle in, a good all-round, honest, hungry and talented lad. He has already shown he can do it in League Two and he’ll attack it with confidence.”
Kirby, who had been linked with a move to Lincoln City earlier in the summer, tweeted his delight at signing for Harrogate, who will be groundhopping with Doncaster in the early part of the season. “Absolutely delighted to sign for @HarrogateTown,” he said. “Can’t wait to get back down to business and carry on this journey!”
Sheffield Wednesday fans might not have seen much of the young midfielder, but they took to Twitter in their droves to congratulate him on his move, as you’ll see below.
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Fantastic news @ConnorKirby98 well done lad. I’m not really surprised you got snapped up and Harrogate’s a good club, heading in the right direction. Best wishes to you and HTAFC for 20/21 ????
— Wardy_SWFC (Marcus) (@SwfcWardy) August 11, 2020
— Raj (@footy7tweets) August 11, 2020
Quality signing, don't no why we go rid of him, good luck Connor #WAWAW
— Charlie Bonser (@CharlieBonser9) August 11, 2020
Good luck to the lad. I will watch his progress with great interest
— Doggerel2 Not Going Out (@SteveG89097117) August 11, 2020
All the best @ConnorKirby98 great opportunity at a club going in right direction. WAWAW!!
— Jordan Leigh (@Jordrl66) August 11, 2020
good luck Connor, would have liked to see you play more for Wednesday??
— dumb king (@aran_bonnington) August 11, 2020
You've got a great little player there
— NEVSTER1867 (@nevillejohnwood) August 11, 2020
Good luck lad sure you’ll smash it ??✌?
— J.doughts ? (@Duggers96) August 11, 2020