York City boss Russ Wilcox remains hopeful of re-signing Italian starlet Diego De Girolamo on loan, after he was recalled by parent club Sheffield United.
As The Star revealed today, Wilcox has held preliminary discussions with Bramall Lane officials, aimed at extending the loan spell of the Italian youth international.
And although De Girolamo - born in Chesterfield with an Italian father - has been recalled to United for their FA Cup tie at Crewe this weekend and their JPT clash against Walsall, Wilcox said: “I’m hoping there will be an opportunity to bring him back.”
De Girolamo has caught the eye on loan with the Minstermen, netting three times in four games for Wilcox’s side.
And the League Two side remain hopeful of extending the 19-year-old’s loan deal until the end of the campaign. Crucially, De Girolamo’s arrangement with York is a youth loan, meaning it is not bound by the usual three-month maximum restrictions.
Speaking before De Girolamo was recalled, Wilcox said: “We have taken him on a youth loan, so the 93-day rule doesn’t apply and he could be here as long as both clubs like. He won’t play every game or 90 minutes every week but he’s an important player who makes us stronger and has got that bit of quality to unlock doors.”
De Girolamo scored the winner on Saturday as York beat Cheltenham 1-0 - only their second league victory of the season. And, after suffering from a illness which had infiltrated the City camp, he was withdrawn by Wilcox in the 66th minute for tactical reasons.
“I made the change because I had to,” Wilcox revealed.
“The first half was a game for Diego but the second half wasn’t.
“That’s what you have a squad for, and I thought all our substitutes acquitted themselves well.
“Diego was terrific in the first half, finding those little pockets of space, and he held off their defender well for the goal after Michael Coulson’s clever reverse pass.
“But I wanted more pace up there in the second half because they were pressing us higher up the pitch and we could not find him as much and needed to go from back to front a bit more.”
De Girolamo, who has been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, has been a member of United’s Redtooth Academy since the age of seven, and made his professional debut in December 2012 in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.
His only senior appearance for United this season again came in that competition, against Hartlepool last month.