TRIPLE HEADER OF SIGNINGS ARRIVE AT ENNIO TARDINI
26 August 2016
Raffaele Di Gennaro, Federico Piovaccari & Josh Brillante all have experience with Serie A clubs.
- Raffaele Di Gennaro arrives on two year contract from Internazionale
- Federico Piovaccari signs on free transfer after being released by Western Sydney Warriors
- Josh Brillante joins from Fiorentina in £400K transfer
Parma have today unveiled three new signings that are believed to have completed Paolo Vanoli’s side ahead of the 2016/2017 Lega Pro season.
Goalkeeper Raffaele Di Gennaro, midfielder Josh Brillante and forward Federico Piovaccari have all signed on the dotted line for Parma ahead of the new season, with manager Paolo Vanoli confident that the trio can help lead Parma to success in the third tier of Italian football. Di Gennaro arrives from Internazionale, having spent time on loan at AS Citadella and Latina Calcio, and is expected to become Parma’s first choice goalkeeper. Piovaccari is the most experienced of the three signings having played Champions League football for Steaua Bucharest only a few years ago, and having scored 6 goals in 28 games for Eibar in La Liga just two seasons ago. However Parma fans are most excited about the signing of Australian midfielder Brillante, with fans drawing comparisons between the midfielder and Mark Bresciano, the legendary Parma midfielder who also hailed from Australia.
With the signing of Di Gennaro, Parma have finally put an end to the questions as to who Parma will use between the posts this season with many fans delighted that Di Gennaro chose to leave the San Siro for the Ennio Tardini. Manager Paolo Vanoli was as expected extremely happy with the signing of the 22 year old keeper, stating ”He has a very bright future at this club and in football and he could go on to become a real stalwart in goal for this team. If he achieves his true potential then we have a very solid goalkeeper here that could stay here for a long time.”
Di Gennaro took to his facebook page upon confirmation of his transfer to Parma, writing ”I am over the moon to be here. This is a fantastic club and I hope I can help take it back to the level it belongs at. Thank you to Inter for all the hard work they put in to me but this is time for me to start a new chapter at this club.”
With the signing of Brillante from Fiorentina, Parma have drawn comparisons with the signing of former midfielder Mark Bresciano, but manager Paolo Vanoli was quick to stop the talk. ”Josh is a player with a lot of potential but him and Mark are very different players and I think it is the best thing for Josh for the comparisons to stop so that he can develop at his own pace and in his own way. He could become a very important player for us, just like Mark Breciano did but for me that is as far as the comparisons should go.”
The midfielder was also very happy at his signing for Parma, declaring in his first interview with the club ”I am thrilled to be here, to be here to play first team football at a level I know I am capable of excelling at. Fiorentina are a big club but I wasn’t playing the amount of football I wanted to and now, here at Parma I can do just that and hopefully help the team to success in the process.”
With the signing of forward Federico Piovaccari, manager Paolo Vanoli has signed a player with a vast amount of experience at a range of different levels, having played Champions League football with Steaua Bucharest during a loan spell in Romania, as well as playing La Liga football with Eibar and Serie B football with Novara and US Grosseto. ”He has an eye for goal at this level that I wanted from somebody else in this squad. We have goals in abundance in our forward line and we should be well stocked for the season ahead and hopefully Federico can come in and score a handful of goals and more to really help drive this team forward.”
The forward was also happy to have signed for Parma, and hoped that this time his stay at the club would last longer than a season. ”Hopefully I can impress enough over the course of this season to stay here a bit longer than I have done in the last few years. I am confident in my ability to score goals and if I can do that then hopefully the club will be in a very impressive position come the end of the season.”