Yorkshire media round-up: De Girolamo update; Gray upbeat about Derby clash

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Walters on first-team chance 

Leeds United youngster Lewis Walters believes that he would have made his debut for the club had he not picked up an injury earlier in the season.

Walters has been out since July and the 19-year-old believes that the injury has blocked his chance of playing a part for the senior side this season.

“I think I’d definitely have had my opportunity already if I’d stayed fit,” Walters told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I was doing really well in the summer and when I started against Mansfield I thought ‘I’ve got a really good chance here."

Gray: One game from changing the mood

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray believes that a win over Derby County this weekend will change the mood around Hillsborough considerably.

Owls fans have become frustrated by the club's lack of wins over recent matches, but Gray thinks if they can defeat Derby then people's attitudes will change. 

“At the moment, we are on a bit of a low because we have not won in six but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves," he said to the Sheffield Star.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know that we are one game away from the mood changing. I’m experienced enough to know what’s needed."

Wilcox on De Girolamo

York City manager Russ Wilcox says that his side will rival Sunderland and Juventus for the signature of striker Diego De Girolamo. 

The Sheffield United forward is on loan at York currently and Wilcox is hoping that his time at the club will help convince him to stay on a permanent deal - despite possible offers from high-profile sides. 

"I would have thought we are struggling against Juventus and Sunderland," Wilcox admitted to the Sheffield Telegraph. “But we will give it a go."

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