EXCLUSIVE interview with ex-Blade Diego De Girolamo

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

This week we chat exclusively with former Sheffield United forward Diego De Girolamo. Diego answers questions on the highs and lows of his time at Bramall Lane.

Diego came through the ranks at the Blades and played for the club at every youth level, even at a young age the big guns of English football were circling the youngster but in 2012 he committed his future to the Blades signing a 3 year deal fending off interest from both Manchester clubs.

De Girolamo went on to make a number of first team appearances for United before being struck down by a knee injury keeping him out of the game for 9 months. The injury was picked up on international duty playing for Italy U18s after committing his future to the Azzurri following a tug of war between them and England.

Upon recovery – he went out to get some game time at York City, scoring on his debut and then bagging 3 in his next 4 Diego was swiftly recalled and thrust back into the Blades first team set up. His first goal and only goal for the Blades came in an FA Cup tie away at Preston North End – his goal earning the Blades a replay back at Bramall Lane.

With Nigel Clough at the helm, Diego declined a new contract in January 2015 – Clough then announcing that Diego would be departing the club at the end of the season – the following day he was loaned back out to York City.

A turn of events saw Diego offered a new 2 year deal at the end of that season which he then accepted – but first time opportunities were hard to come by and he soon departed for Bristol City.

Since departing United, Diego has turned out for a number of different clubs including Bristol City, Cheltenham Town, Chesterfield, Macclesfield and now Buxton Town.

We now speak to Diego to hear first-hand about his time at Bramall Lane and life after United…

You played for the Blades at every level through the youth set up and to the first team – what’s your earliest memory of the Blades?

My earliest memory is my first game for the blades at the age of 8, we played Newcastle United at the Shirecliffe training ground in a 2-0 win!

There were a lot of big Clubs looking to secure your services whilst at Sheff Utd was staying put completely your decision?

It wasn't just my decision to stay even though I did want to stay put, the gaffer at the time Danny Wilson assured me SUFC was the best place for me at that time in my career and I completely agreed! He promised plenty of first team experience which he delivered up until my injury!

What is your greatest memory as a Blade?

My greatest memory for the blades was my first goal for the club! Away at Preston in the FA cup to make it 1-1! It was amazing scoring for my boyhood club after coming through the youth ranks, it was something I had always dreamed about!

The low point of your time with Sheffield United?

My lowest point would have been the Adkins season! I wasn't allowed out on loan and was promised games which didn't really come! Was a very frustrating season for me which made my mind up to leave for Bristol City.

Have you followed the clubs progress since you left?

I'm always following the progress of the club and wishing them all the best! I supported them as a kid and that hasn't changed since leaving! They're looking very exciting this season and hopefully they'll get back to the Prem where they belong!

Finally, what are you up too now – where are you playing your football and how is it going?

It was a really tough season for me last year being on loan at Chesterfield and getting relegated from League 2! I really fell out of love with the game and couldn't get myself enjoying football which really shouldn't ever happen. This season I decided to drop down from professional football and I signed a 2 year with Buxton Town! My brother plays there which was a main attraction for me in hopefully getting back to enjoying my football and finding the love for the game again!

Thanks to Diego for taking the time to speak to us so openly – we wish him the best of luck for the remainder of the season playing for Buxton Town.

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