Diego De Girolamo is excited to be plying his trade for his home town club, and thinks the move has come at the perfect time in his career.
The young forward, on loan from Bristol City, used to watch the Spireites at Saltergate, and hopes he can bring his good form for the southwest club to the Proact.
De Girolamo said: “Every time I’ve discussed loans with my managers I’ve been excited at the idea of coming to Chesterfield - not just because it’s my team, also because they play good football, so I’m really grateful for the opportunity.
“Like any striker you want to score goals, getting a hat trick (for City's U23s) the night before signing was good for my confidence, it’s good to be able to bring that form here.”
The ex-Sheffield United starlet had a promising start to his career, attracting interest from top Premier League clubs before signing for the Blades.
He also represented Italy at youth level, playing for the U18s, U19s and U20s and being linked with a move to the Serie A.
However, an injury kept him out of action for a year, hampering his progress.
After signing for City, the attacker hopes he can gain vital experience playing in north Derbyshire, to advance his career.
He commented: “This loan at this point in my career is really good for me. I feel like I’ve had a good pre-season but getting into Bristol City’s squad at the moment is really difficult.
“They’ve got a good squad with a lot of experienced players, so the boss wants me to try and get some league games and as much experience as possible by playing here.”
And while playing here, De Girolamo hopes he can help his home town club pull themselves from the bottom of the EFL, after a poor start to the season.
“It’s not good seeing them where they are and I think everybody knows that they should be nowhere near there,” the forward added.
“But I’ve been training with the squad and the atmosphere is brilliant. We’re at the point of the season where with a couple of wins you can be eighth or ninth before you know it.
"I don’t think that getting up the table is much of a problem at the moment and I think we will climb the table.”