Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone has joined Italian side Siena on loan for the rest of the season.

Maccarone had been on loan at Parma but made few appearances for them and admits he is delighted to be with Siena as he looks to kickstart his career.

“I’m delighted because this is a return to Tuscany,” Maccarone told Siena’s website. This part of the country has always brought me luck.

“I saw my new team against Inter and they impressed me,” he said of the 2-2 draw before Christmas.

“At Parma I had weight problems when I signed for them,” he added.

“I had to be very fit to play in the position they wanted me to play but sadly I wasn’t in the best of shape.”