Nicola Legrottaglie has warned his Catania teammates not to repeat the form shown at the end of last season going into 2012-13.
The players have just begun pre-season training under new Coach Rolando Maran after a record-breaking 2011-12 that saw them pick up a highest points tally under predecessor Vincenzo Montella.
However, veteran Legrottaglie has urged his players that the end-of-season collapse that yielded just one win from the final 10 rounds is an indication that progress can still be made at the club.
“We must give something more, remembering the good work that we did last season,” the 36-year-old told reporters from the Elefanti’s pre-season training base.
“I hope, however, that the drop at the season finale does not happen again, because one should never settle, but rather have the mentality of continuous improvement.
“Maran is a humble Coach, his staff have brought great value here.”
The defender, a born-again Christian, was then asked for his take on the betting scandal currently pulling headlines in the peninsula.
“I believe in justice on earth - I hope that whoever has done wrong will not repeat their mistakes and may be given a second chance.
“In any case, the investigations are being conducted by experts.”