The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Ben Baker

CH­ESTER­FIELD mid­fielder Con­nor Dimaio is back at his home­town club and en­joy­ing his new-found celebrity sta­tus.

Dimaio, 20, came through Sh­effield United’s academy but, af­ter be­ing re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, he signed for Ch­ester­field, the team he sup­ported as a boy.

The Re­pub­lic of Ire­land youth in­ter­na­tional has al­ready made a big im­pres­sion with the Spire­ites, scor­ing on his home de­but in the 3-1 win against Crewe, and is keen to main­tain his good form. He said: “Since day one, I’ve tried to show what I can do, and I think that has been no­ticed by the gaffer and the coaches.

“Ritchie (Humphreys) and Drew (Tal­bot) have helped, they have so much ex­pe­ri­ence in the game, so they pass that on and it’s been good to chat with them.”

The young­ster’s early suc­cess has also led to sup­port­ers stop­ping him in an around Ch­ester­field and ask­ing for au­to­graphs.

“It used to be me try­ing to say hello to Ch­ester­field play­ers, so it’s a bit strange now peo­ple want to come up and say hello to me,” he said.

POP­U­LAR: Con­nor Dimaio

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