Diego De Girolamo
De Girolamo playing for York City in 2015
|Full name||Diego Raymond De Girolamo|
|Date of birth||5 October 1995|
|Place of birth||Chesterfield, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Winger / Forward|
(on loan from Bristol City)
|2014||→ York City (loan)||4||(3)|
|2014–2015||→ York City (loan)||4||(1)|
|2015||→ York City (loan)||4||(0)|
|2015||→ Northampton Town (loan)||6||(0)|
|2017–||→ Cheltenham Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:48, 1 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:48, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, De Girolamo came through the youth system at Sheffield United before signing a professional contract. He had three loan spells with League Two club York City during the 2014–15 season. He finished the season on loan with another League Two team, Northampton Town. After being released by United, De Girolamo joined Championship club Bristol City in July 2016. Qualifying to represent Italy through his father, he was capped for the under-18, under-19 and under-20 teams.
De Girolamo came through the youth system of Sheffield United from the age of seven, and despite interest from Manchester United and Manchester City, he signed a three-year professional contract with the club at the end of October 2012. At the start of the following December, he made his first-team debut in the quarter-final of the Football League Trophy against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. De Girolamo's first league appearance for United came in a victory over Colchester United in February 2013, where he replaced Ryan Flynn as a last minute substitute, providing an assist for Dave Kitson to score the final goal in a 3–0 victory. After one further appearance for United, De Girolamo picked up a knee injury whilst playing for Italy under-18s in March, which kept him out of first-team contention for nine months, not returning to full training until early December 2013. De Girolamo returned to United's first team on 7 October 2014 as they won 2–1 away to Hartlepool United in the Football League Trophy.
De Girolamo joined League Two club York City on a one-month youth loan deal on 9 October 2014, and scored on his debut two days later with the opening goal of a 3–1 away defeat to Newport County. On 4 November 2014, De Girolamo was recalled early from his loan spell at York City having scored three goals in four matches, so he could be available for United's two upcoming cup fixtures. He made three appearances for United before rejoining York on another youth loan on 26 November 2014, with the deal expiring on 4 January 2015. De Girolamo scored one goal in four appearances before returning to United, who wanted to strengthen their striking options before considering letting him return to York. He scored his first goal for United as they drew 1–1 away at Preston North End in the fourth round of FA Cup on 24 January 2015, earning a replay at Bramall Lane.
De Girolamo declined a new contract with Sheffield United on 31 January 2015. On 16 February 2015, United manager Nigel Clough confirmed that De Girolamo would be leaving United at the end of the 2014–15 season stating that "he's rejected his contract offer and the chance to stay here... We've got Matt Done who has come in and Marc McNulty is a better player than Diego and he can't get on at the moment." The following day he was loaned to York again, this time for the remainder of 2014–15. Having made four appearances in his third spell with York, he left the club to join their League Two rivals Northampton Town on loan for the rest of 2014–15 on 19 March 2015, explaining that "Northampton play attractive football and express myself by getting on the ball a lot". He made his debut in Northampton's 2–1 away defeat to Bury on 21 March 2015, and finished the loan spell with six appearances. Despite having expressed his desire to leave United, he was offered another new contract by the club in May 2015. De Girolamo signed a new two-year contract with the club on 13 July 2015, having initially rejected a new offer.
De Girolamo was transfer listed by United's manager Chris Wilder in May 2016, before leaving by mutual consent in June. On 7 July 2016, he joined Championship club Bristol City to play in their development squad, signing a one-year contract with the option of another year. On 1 January 2017, De Girolamo joined League Two club Cheltenham Town on loan until the end of 2016–17, having struggled to break into the team at Bristol City. He scored his first goals for Cheltenham when he scored a hat-trick in an EFL Trophy tie against Leicester City Under-23s on 10 January 2017.
De Girolamo is eligible to represent both England and Italy at international level, prompting a tug-of-war between the England and Italy under-18 sides for his services. De Girolamo opted for Italy after Italian football legend Arrigo Sacchi personally rang him in a plea for him to represent Italy. In January 2013 De Girolamo was called up by the Italian under-18 team for the Granatkin Memorial, and made his début as a 68th-minute substitute in a 1–0 victory over Belgium on 6 January 2013. He went on to play in every game in the tournament, scoring twice in two starts during the knock-out phase against Iran and the Czech Republic. De Girolamo earned his second call-up to the under-18s in a friendly match against Austria U-18s on 6 March 2013. De Girolamo scored in the 2–1 defeat, but also sustained suspected ligament damage to his knee, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
Following his recovery from injury, he was called up to the Italy under-19 squad for a friendly against Germany under-19s in March 2014, scoring in a 1–1 draw. In September 2014, De Girolamo was called up to the Italy under-20 squad for a four-team friendly tournament to be played that month, appearing against Poland on 9 September.
- As of match played 28 January 2017
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Sheffield United||2012–13||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||3||0|
|York City (loan)||2014–15||League Two||12||4||—||—||—||12||4|
|Northampton Town (loan)||2014–15||League Two||6||0||—||—||—||6||0|
|Cheltenham Town (loan)||2016–17||League Two||4||1||—||—||2[b]||3||6||4|
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