New Chesterfield signing, Diego De Girolamo, says that the opportunity to play for the Spireites is one that excites him as well as his family.
A boyhood Chesterfield fan, De Girolamo joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Bristol City yesterday and is hoping to put on a show for his family - especially his father.
“My dad’s been to Chesterfield a few times rather than coming to watch me play, so I think he’ll be happy with it,” the striker told iFollow.
“The rest of my family and friends will be really excited to come and watch and if I can perform on the pitch it will make them proud and make them want to come back to watch more games.
“I’m really happy and looking forward to getting going, meeting the boys and seeing what I can achieve here.
“I used to go to Saltergate when I was younger and I’ve been to the Proact a few times as well, I’ve always followed Chesterfield, so I know how good of a club it is, what it can achieve and where it should be.”
The Italian U20 international heads into the Proact in fine form, having scored a hat trick for Bristol City’s U23 side against Burnley on Tuesday night – a game he really wanted to impress in, to earn a move away from Ashton Gate.
He said: “If you ask my agent (former Chesterfield striker David Reeves), he’d tell you that I’ve been on the phone everyday trying to get this deal through!
“When I played on Tuesday, I was really trying to perform to make sure I got a move, I do feel like I play better when I know there is a bit of pressure and when I’m putting it on myself, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“It was a really good game, as a striker you want to score goals and hopefully that can carry on here.”
The striker has previously had loan spells with Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town and York City during his career, having originally started out at Sheffield United.
It was during his time at Bramall Lane that De Girolamo got to know Spireites striker Chris O’Grady and he’s looking forward to working with him once again.
He added: “Chris has had a great career and it’s great to have him in the dressing room.
“As a striker, it’ll be great for me to talk to him and pick his brain and get as much experience from him and put it into my own game.”