Wednesday January 4 2012
Caracciolo’s happy Novara choice

Andrea Caracciolo has expressed his relief in finding an opportunity to rediscover his form at Novara following a nightmare spell with Genoa.

Caracciolo only joined the Grifone this summer from Brescia but struggled to hold down a first-team shirt and managed just one goal in six months.

With Enrico Preziosi securing Alberto Gilardino from Fiorentina, Caracciolo was granted permission to move on and reportedly had a choice between four or five Serie A sides.

Wednesday afternoon saw the striker officially complete a loan switch to Novara, which according to Caracciolo, was always his first choice destination.

 “I chose Novara because it is a club that has shown belief in me. In reality there are also few clubs as organised or structured as they are in Serie A, I think it is the right place for my revival.

“I come from a not-so-positive period with Genoa and I want to redeem myself. Survival will not be an easy target, but Novara can do it and I say this because I am the first to believe it.”

The 6ft4 30-year-old developed the nickname ‘L’Arione’ - The Heron - for his ability in the air and for a unique goal celebration.

“Two qualities that I have always been recognised for in spite of my height are my speed and coordination.

“Of course I have to feel good physically to give my best , my body structure requires it. I will continue to live in Milan, with my wife and children.”