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Dimaio Reports Back from International Duty

31 March 2016

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After representing the Republic of Ireland at under 21 level in the past week Connor Dimaio is back with the Spireites and ready to rejoin the battle for League One survival.

The 20-year-old Chesterfield-born midfielder qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandparents and received a late call-up for Tuesday's away match in Slovenia after an injury in the first match of the meet-up in Ireland.

Dimaio travelled to and started the match in Koper and played the full 90 minutes, though his Ireland under 21 side fell to a 3-1 defeat; Oxford United's Callum O'Dowda scoring the goal for the Republic.

"It was a great experience and one I'll never forget," said the midfielder of his time away. "I was a bit surprised to get called up as I did, but I enjoyed myself with the lads and it was good for me to get on the pitch over there.

"I'm happy to be back in Chesterfield now and looking forward to Saturday's match, I've been doing well since I've come into the side so I want to continue with that - and if that leads to more chances with Ireland then all the better."

Dimaio has rejoined the squad and trained this week, and is in contention for the squad when they return to action against Port Vale on Saturday.

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